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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

People don’t like to be corrected, we don’t like to be told how to live our lives, we don’t like to be challenged and asked to do more. Most of us prefer an easy way of life. It happened to me several times that someone would come to me after mass and say that he or she disagrees with what I said during the homily. Sometimes we will get angry at the pope, the bishops or priests we know because they challenge us and tell us what is morally wrong and sinful. But this was exactly what Jesus was teaching, He never cared about merely pleasing people, but instead His teaching was challenging and provoking. This is why we read in the Gospel today that, “Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, this saying is hard; who can accept it?” and “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him.” We will be challenged many times, we may disagree with Jesus’ teaching, we may end up walking out of the church, but remember -- Jesus’ words are not meant to please anyone but to help us live better. “Jesus then said to the Twelve: Do you also want to leave? Simon Peter answered him, Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

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