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Bettering the Master

May 12, Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Daily Readings: Acts 13:13-25;  Gospel: John 13:16-20

Numerous changes are required within the Church and its multiple holy orders. However, people must examine themselves candidly: didn't I follow a teacher who "squandered" his life? A mistreated master never gained the respect he deserved from his peers.

One of the self-justifying refrains of some people who walked out of the priesthood, religious life, or even the very Church can be paraphrased thus: "I gave my everything for my Order/Church.

And look at what I got! They never recognized my talents; never placed me in the ministries that I wanted; never gave me a chance to study further; it was too clerical. I wasted my life in there." They may be right.

Many things need to change within the Church and many religious Orders. But they also need to ask themselves honestly: Didn't I follow a master who "wasted" his life? A master who was ill-treated never received what he deserved from his contemporaries.

 Did l expect to be treated better than the Master?" If we can understand this, our perspectives on life Will change. And if we put it into Practice, as Jesus says, we will be blessed!


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