Jesus must have had extraordinary appeal as evidenced in the people who kept following Him. What did they see in Jesus? What was it about His person that was so appealing that people wanted to be around Him, close to Him?
Tomorrow we celebrate Our Lady of Fatima, the most well-known Marian feast of this “Month of Mary.” The message from Fatima is a great message of hope. Yet a hope that is not naïve to real challenges that we must face together with the Lord.
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If you understand this blessed are you if you do it? What was Jesus referring to when he asked this in the gospel, we heard at mass today. Recall that he had just washed the feet of the disciples and he was modeling for them a behavior. He was instructing his followers about service, humility and self- sacrifice. Then he said, if you understand this blessed are you if you do it. And ever since people have been doing it.
Dear Friends in Christ, First a brief story; second, a stunning promise from Jesus; and third, a precious gift.
I watched a movie about a young woman who found her religious observance to be very restricting and not life-giving. I subsequently watched several other movies about this very conservative religious group. In each the theme was the same, a desire to seek a freedom or a way of life that was more life-giving.