February 17, 2017 – Friday in the 6th Week of the Church Year

Saints for the day: Seven Founders of the Servite Order (1240)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Genesis 11:1-9    –    Psalm 33    –    Mark 8:34 – 9:1

‘I call you my friends, says the Lord, for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.” (Today’s ‘Alleluia Verse’ – John 15:15)

The Tower of Babel vs the Cross of Christ. There is in many of us a built-in desire to “get to the top” – whatever we take that to mean. But I’m reminded of the fable of “The Caterpillar Pillar.” As soon as one caterpillar makes it to the top and overtakes the top caterpillar soon another overtakes him and the top of the caterpillar pillar is never really conquered. It’s all akin to our desire to have the fastest car, the most powerful (tiny) computer, the biggest flat-screen TV, etc., etc. Just look at what happens to drivers – myself included – in almost any part of our world. We have to get into the fastest lane & race to get through the signal before it changes. “Quick, get by that slow truck before it gets to the hill.” In the end … can we add even a single moment to our lives? Who, then can be saved? “Only in God is my soul at rest.” The Cross that we are invited to take up could be the willingness to give up the “rat Race” that we’ve been sucked into and laying down that need to be first, fastest or best. After all, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first. We might ask, “What do I most want? “Only one thing is necessary…” Jesus tells Mary Magdalene and it’s really very simple but we have trouble getting it through our thick skin or pride, or our desire to be first, best, fastest, etc.. Can I fall in love with Jesus & lay down my life along with all my false desires and follow Him? Most of us – myself included – still have a long way to go in this regard Amen!

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