You have been equipped for to share the gospel, friend. You probably won't feel like it, but you have. If you have been baptized, confirmed, and have received the Eucharist, you have been equipped. If you have a Bible and attend Sunday School or Bible study, then you are equipped and trained. You are ready. It's time to take action. BE BOLD. You encounter people every day in need of encouragement, desperate for hope, longing for joy. If you want to see God move in your life, if you want your faith to be powerful, then BE BOLD. Tell the next three people you encounter about what God is doing in your life. Invite them to church. Ask them if you can pray for them. That is God's will for you. That is the mission of the Holy Spirit within you. So do it. BE BOLD.
Our God is a consuming fire. In the book of Exodus, we find detailed instructions about how the animal sacrifice was to be quartered and completely consumed by fire on the brazen alter. In today's Gospel, we are the sacrifice that must be completely consumed by fire. The brazen alter is now our hearts, and the consuming fire is the Holy Spirit. It is our old man, our old, sinful selves, that must be completely consumed. Is there a part of your old self that you're keeping from the consuming fire?