Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter ‘a’
Have you ever regretted that you didn’t listen to your parents’ advice? I am sure you have. I remember when I was younger and wanted to go to some party at my friend’s house and my mom would tell me – ok, but don’t stay too long, you have school tomorrow and you need to get up early. But of course, I stayed too late and the next morning I was very, very tired and completely unprepared for school. Or she would say -- put your jacket on, it’s cold out, you will get sick. But no, I knew better, went without a jacket and of course I got sick, just as she said I would… Now I know that I should have listened to those simple warnings. Today Jesus gives us a much more important warning, He said: “They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.” In other words, you may think that being Jesus’ disciple will be easy and that people would respect you for that, but don’t be surprised if they won’t. Then you will remember those words.