Focusing the Gospel
Key words and phrases: loves … more than me, loses … life … will find it, little ones
Connecting the Gospel …
To the point: At the center of this Gospel is Jesus' startling statement that the only way we have life is to lose it. We lose our life by choosing to love Jesus even above family and by serving others, even “little ones.”
… to the First Reading: The Shunemite woman served the prophet Elisha and provided for his needs; by so serving she received in turn the gift of life.
… to experience: We all experience the impulse to express our love concretely, for example, by sending cards, flowers, inviting the beloved to dinner, etc. We concretely express our love for Jesus by serving others.