What Can I Do?

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Today's first reading from Acts 6 is the first part of the story of the martyrdom of St. Stephen, considered to be the first martyr for the name of Jesus. In the Gospel reading from John 6, the people who had been fed in the miraculous feeding of the five thousand come looking for Jesus.

Jesus tells them, "Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you." They then ask, "What can we do to accomplish the works of God?" Jesus answers, "This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent."

If you believe that Jesus is Lord, that is "accomplishing the works of God." But can it go further? I submit that not only can it, it must go further. The Scriptures tell us of so many things we can and must do to accomplish the works of God. I believe all that is done in faith and love is accomplishing the works of God. If you believe in Jesus, ask Him, "Lord, what can I do TODAY to help accomplish the works of God?" And then do whatever He tells you.

Father, may all that we do today accomplish the works of God. Amen.

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