Jesus or Nothing

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The WORD in Other Words by Fr Allan Mechan SVD (Philippines) for Saturday in the 3rd Week of Easter

Jesus has been discoursing at length on the meaning of the Eucharist.  When many of his disciples find his words difficult to accept, they abandon him and go back to where they had been before.  Jesus asks the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”  But Peter, the spokesman and leader of the Church, answers, speaking for himself and the others, replies, “Master, to whom shall we go?  Peter resists the temptation, knowing that Jesus alone has “the words of eternal life. 

In his book Rediscover Catholicism Matthew Kelly laments, “In modern society, a great separation has taken place between the various aspects of our lives.  Many people feel that they have to leave the values and principles of the faith outside certain activities in the same way you leave a coat in a waiting room.”

But the truth is, Mr Kelly also says: “. . . as you journey towards your destiny, God intertwines your talents and the needs of others to allow you the privilege of touching them, serving them, and inspiring them as they make their own journey.”  There should be no room in the life of the Christian for expediency or selfishness.

Put simply, Cardinal Robert Sarah’s insight Jesus or Nothing should be our guide and the basis of our lives. Peter knew to whom he should go.

– Fr. Alan Meechan, SVD (Aurora, Naujan, Or. Mindoro)

Source – The WORD in Other Words, Bible Diary 2020

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