Thought for Today
"He is going before you into Galilee, it is there you will see him, just as he told you" Mk 16:7.
The Legend of the Dogwood
To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.
"In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember."
Hiding Behind Masks
Puzzled, the neighbor asked him what he meant. "You see," the man answered, "I went to this thing not knowing what to expect. But in the process of that long weekend, I discovered that I had spent my whole life hiding behind a lot of masks. I realized that I had never even let my wife see me as I really was. I’d been playing games with her, and playing games with my children, and playing games with others—never letting anybody know who I really am. The worst of it was to discover that even I didn’t know myself. I was not in touch with my own honest feelings about myself. And, as all of this was being exposed over the weekend, I died over and over again."
He went on, "It is a painful thing for a middle-aged man to discover that he is not even in touch with his own honest feelings about himself. I am convinced," he said," "that I had to go through this death experience in order to become the new person that I hope to be now."
As Scripture says, "Unless a grain of wheat falls to earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn. 12:24).
Shoulder Someone’s Burden
When he was 85 years old Schweitzer and some others were walking up a hill. It was extremely hot. Suddenly Schweitzer walked away from the group and made his way toward an African woman struggling up the hill with a large load of wood from the woman and carried it up the hill for her.
When he rejoined the group one of them asked why, in view of his age, he did things like that. Schweitzer looked at the group, then pointed to the woman and said, "No one should ever have to carry a burden like that alone."
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