The reading from the Second Letter to Timothy offers the exhortation to “stir into flame the gift of God” and live with conviction and courage. This gift is our Christian faith; and just as a tiny spark can produce a bonfire, so too, our faith can provide the spiritual spark that ignites our lives for service in the world as we draw near to the Lord and one another.
The Lord teaches the disciples that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all. This insight helps us to understand the Lord’s example on the Cross: as Jesus offers his life, so we are called to share the gift of our lives with one another.
We remember the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have served our country. May this observance help us to count the blessings we have received and live the gift of freedom with conviction and dedication.
The commandment to love one another as Christ loves us will stretch us and invite us to offer our entire lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. May our “Yes!” open our hearts to God’s love in our lives as we share this love with those we meet today.
Jesus helps the disciples understand that to see him is to see the Father, and to believe in him leads to doing great works in his name. But note this: these words are meant for us as well! As we see God at work in our lives, may our belief flourish as we do the work that is before us for the glory and honor of Christ.
The Good Shepherd offers his life for the care and protection of the sheep. The Lord’s example inspires us: God calls us – in spite of our imperfections and weaknesses – to care and protect those entrusted to us. May we call upon the Shepherd for what we need as we continue his service in the world.
Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the “Bread of Life” that came down from Heaven. Whoever eats this bread will never hunger again. May we draw near to the one who feeds us so that strengthened by the Lord we can share His life with one another.