A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB
In the Gospel we hear how Christ chose the twelve apostles. He knew who would betray Him but He didn't protect Himself. There are times when we can offend life by protecting ourselves. This can be done when we say something hurtful to somebody else before that person has the chance to say something to us-- times that we 'get' somebody before they 'get' us.
We can practice giving life by laying down our needs in little ways. For example, we can voluntarily fast. Food is a God-given right which we can sometimes give up and in that way share in the sufferings of others. By offering our own food, God can supply their souls with a greater food than what the body needs.