24 Aug

Your friends make known, O Lord,
the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

The psalm response for today’s Mass pretty much says it all:  “Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.”

I think it is safe to assume that we have all had friends in our lives of whom we were incredibly proud.  They may have done something or said something or achieved something that we thought was truly spectacular.

When they did, what did we do?

We blabbed it to as many people as would listen!

We wanted others to know what our friend accomplished or what our friend was going to do.

We became the best advertisement that our friend could possibly ever want or need.

Jesus is our friend.

We should feel the same way about Him and want to do the same for Him.

We should blab to anyone we meet the great things that our friend, Jesus, has done and what He promised to do for us all: call us to eternal life with Him one day.

That is what the apostles did.  That is what we commemorate this day on the feast of St. Bartholomew.

“Apostle”, literally, means “one who is sent”.  Let us not forget that we, too, have been sent to go into the world and tell the Good News of our best friend, Jesus Christ.

FAITH ACTION:  Do you consider Jesus to be your friend?  What do you do to make Him known to others?