In the last few years, I have had to let go of many of my favorite activities and pastimes. I no longer hunt, fish, ride a bike, go on extended walks, or drive. I no longer enter pulpits to preach. I don’t teach Bible classes any more. Reading has become a challenge.  All this is because my physical stamina has been in a steady decline. So, when I read this week’s text, I was pleased to see that the Lord, through St. Jude, was challenging me to do something different and unique!

The challenge was to build myself up (verse 20) in my most holy faith. I had to ask myself how I could build myself up in my most holy faith? God’s answer is EXERCISE!

We are not speaking of weight lifting, running, swimming laps at the pool, or anything else (although the exercise would do me good!). Verses twenty and twenty-one gives us the answer: “pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God….” (Jude 20-21)

More than this, St. Jude tells us to think about others—those around us and the total strangers whom we may never meet.  He wrote: “And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” (Jude 22-23)

All this being said, there is only this remaining: “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-24) May the Lord bless and keep you in His loving care through Jesus Christ our Savior Lord!