Two friends went to Niagara Falls. They viewed the expansiveness of the falls from above. Then they went below, where they heard the water roar, as it tumbled over the edge and hit the rocks. As they stood there in awe and wonder, one said, “This has got to be the most unused source of power in the world.”
Detective Sherlock Holmes’ associate Dr. Watson is brilliant, but he often misses the obvious. Once, Holmes and Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night, Holmes wakes up, nudges Watson, and says, “Look up and tell me what you see.” Watson replies, “I see millions of stars.” “And what do you conclude from that, Watson?” asks Holmes.
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The Bread of Life involves our senses, our feelings, and our memories. On an unfortunate day, some teenagers had verbally assaulted a nine-year-old girl on her way to school. When she went home crying, her mother was baking. She found the house filled with the aroma of fresh-baked bread; and a piece for her on the table with some homemade strawberry jam. Her mother was right there, ready with her usual hug.
Two curious young adults approached a Zen master and asked, “How do we attain peace in our lives?” The master replied, “There are two creatures inside of us. One feeds on anger, resentment, bitterness, frustration, fear, and doubts. The other feeds on mercy, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and love.” The young adults inquired intriguingly, “Which creature is stronger?” The master replied, “The one you feed the most. Feed the right one; you will attain peace.”
Two of Jesus’ disciples, Cleopas and another, are walking to Emmaus to get out of Jerusalem after a crushing disappointment. They are chatting about what happened over the past few days, trying to make sense of it. Jesus joins them, but they do not recognize him!
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)