Today’s first reading describes the fertility of the word of God. It bears fruit, watered by rain and snow.
In admitting to ourselves that we cannot carry our burdens on our own, and allowing Jesus to shoulder them with us, we discover the rest that Jesus promises.
Our following of Jesus must take priority over everything else in our lives. The context of Christian hospitality is self-sacrificing love.
Jesus encourages us to be bold in the task of witnessing to him. As part of the Church, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit and the support of our brothers and sisters as we try to live our faith.
Jesus tells the crowds that he himself will be true food and drink for them. Jesus, the living bread, will give them eternal life.
Through the Trinity we have strength to live in relationship to one another. Such a relationship is God’s plan for us.
The dramatic story of the descent of the Holy Spirit tells us how the Spirit can break down the walls we may put up between people, races, and cultures.
We remain “in the world.” We need support and affirmation to continue living out the word entrusted to us by Christ.
Jesus sends his disciples into the world with a mission. The Church is called to go to all the nations to make disciples.
Peter urges Christians to approach others ready to explain who we are, but to do so with “gentleness and reverence.”