Sometimes we forget that the Apostles faced challenges that are similar to ours. For example, when St. Paul is preaching to the Athenians, he is speaking to people who had a foundation of pagan culture.
Recently, I’ve seen a commercial for a cable TV and the internet provider. It shows two friends moving heavy boxes looking pretty worn out, while their friend who is moving--is sitting comfortably--having a cool drink looking at her phone.
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Recently, I read a thought-provoking book titled: “It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask.” It’s based on the idea that if you want to persuade someone to believe in your perspective, you can lead them there by asking questions. The author contends that we should also ask ourselves questions - questions about what we believe and why; whether it has to do with morality, ethics, or our faith.
Yesterday, as we celebrated Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, I was moved by memories of previous Holy Weeks—the snapshot moments and the spiritual comfort that accompany them.
In today’s gospel from John, Jesus is speaking to a group of Jews, his own people. But, like us at times, though they had heard his teachings and seen his works—they struggle to believe that He is the Son of God.