Today’s readings caused me to think about being vigilant in our faith life and at times regaining our spiritual balance. They also brought me back to last week when my Mom and I were walking our dog and came upon a neighbor who lost her balance and suddenly hopped out of her sandals. I offered to help and as she steadied herself using my arm as a support, our dog, Erin, gave a warning bark.
Two monks lived in a cave for over ten years. One day, one of them proposed, "Let’s do what the world does." "What does the world do?", asked the second. "Well, they quarrel," said the first. "So, how do we begin a quarrel?" asked the second monk.
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The words of Jesus today can make us feel worried. He said, "Everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment" (Mt. 5:21). Is there anyone here or joining online who has never been angry? Even Jesus got angry a few times, but he used it in the right way and for the right purpose.
As I read about Jesus in the gospel today, walking to Jerusalem with twelve of his disciples, I was reminded of the Band of Brothers: a brotherhood of soldiers on their walk to face the prospect of death and the ravages of war. As Jesus shared his fate with his own band of brothers, I began to ask myself what could be going on in the minds of the twelve? What was their reaction when Jesus told the disciples what was going to happen to Him, and to them?
In the film Fiddler of the Roof, there is a heart-warming scene in the kitchen, where Teyva (Teev), the Jewish father of three daughters, teases his wife Golde who has been married to him by parental arrangement for over 25 years. "Do you love me?" he asks with a sheepish grin.