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May 4th 2014 A.D.

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May 4th 2014 A.D.

Third Sunday of Easter

"Did not our hearts burn while he opened
to us the Scriptures"

Luke 24:13-35

May 4th 2014 A.D.

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This epilogue to John’s gospel adding another of appearance of Jesus after the resurrection, this time in Galilee and to some of his disciples as they were fishing, is considered by most scholars to have been added after the original gospel was written. If so, it probably was not too long after that since it is found in all copies of that gospel.

 The story builds on the multiplication of loaves and fishes and also gives Peter an opportunity to repent the three times he denied Jesus. The importance of receiving a commission while eating together also highlights the significance of communal gatherings for the followers of Jesus.

 The disciples are presented as needing this experience in order to understand that their previous employment as fishermen has been replaced by the commission to feed the lambs and sheep

Fr. Greeley's Last Book:Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church

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Once upon a time there was a college basketball player who was very good and very lazy. He felt he was so good that he didn’t need to practice. Even without practice he was all conference and second team all American. The coach always pushed him to practice his free throw, but since his free throw rate was 92%, he didn’t work very had on it. Also he was not very responsible about staying in good condition. He did all the workouts he had to do and not one thing more. Well, didn’t they make it into the NCAA and even to the elite eight.

 One more victory and they’d be in the final four, the first time ever that a team from their college got that far. Our hero was worn out from the long season. The game went into overtime. He was so exhausted that he could hardly move up and down the floor. With ten seconds to go they were down by one point. He drove the full length of the floor, jumped up in the air and was brutally fouled by a player on the other time (though if he were in better condition he would have made the shot despite the foul.

 Two free throws, one to tie and one to win.

 You know what?

 He missed them both!

 Later he apologized to the coach. It’s all my fault. If I had listened to you and been more responsible we would have won.

 That’s all right, kid, said the coach. You’ve learned an important lesson about life.

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Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11

1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you."
5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
7 I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your godly one see the Pit.
11 You show me the path of life; in your presence there is fulness of joy, in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.


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This book has a chapter about Fr. Greeley and is dedicated to him. Great read!
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