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Jesus, the great teacher today gives us a summary of all his teaching and how his glory will come about through his suffering, death, and resurrection. He uses the example of a tiny grain of wheat and through that tiny seed, he teaches us a great truth: “A Grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die to itself, then it produces many grains, a great harvest of wheat.”
The seed contains all the power and potential for growth and from 1 grain, there can come 10-20 grains in the harvest. Of course there has to be WATER/RAIN, good soil, care and light/sun and enough not to dry the soil and yet enough to warm the soil. For we now see that all winter the seeds and the trees have been dormant. They did not appear to have life, and yet they had life and potential for what we see budding forth now. We see the seeds of fruit trees and will soon see people planting frijol, chili, corn, and wheat and many other seeds. They will at first seem to not be doing much under the ground, but don’t kid yourself: they have all the potential for growth. It is the same when the seed of the man is planted in the woman and she conceives life. You do not see much until about 6 months and yet there is a life process going on in a somewhat hidden way.
We too receive the seed of faith when we are Baptized and it is called the HOLY SPIRIT. It is the Spirit of the Father and the Son and begins to grow when there is a good condition for it. The water of Baptism begins that process and it continues to grow in a somewhat hidden way.\
BUT we have to also let go of the chaff in order to get to the wheat. The grain of wheat has to die to itself and then a new beginning starts. This is the story also of the life of a Christian, a disciple of Jesus. The life begins, the relationship with Jesus begins slowly and perhaps in a somewhat hidden way, but don’t kid yourself: it is there is and is growing slowly if there are the proper conditions.
So let us continue to trust that process that we see in the death and Resurrection of Jesus. He had to die to himself on the Cross to produce the harvest that we are participating in today.So die to selfishness, give of yourself and enter the RICE BOWL program in which we sacrifice for others around the world
. 5th Sunday of Lent 15
4th Sunday of Lent 15
Jesus once again, makes a comparison, referring to an incident in the journey of the Jewish people in the desert when the people murmured against Moses and God saying: ‘WHY have you brought us out here in the desert, to die? Here we have not bread or water and we are tired of this same daily bread called manna.’ The people lost patience and spoke against God and Moses. We are sick of this same daily meager diet of manna. Then we hear that God sent serpents ( or seraphs like winged serpents or dragons?) which when they bit the people, brought an inflammation of the skin and also death to many of the people. Numbers 21: 6. The people came and said to Moses: “We have sinned by speaking again Yahweh and against you. Intercede for us with God to save us from these serpent, snakes. Moses interceded for the people and Yahweh told him: “Make a bronze fiery serpent and raise it as a standard and anyone who is bitten and looks at will survive.” Moses made a at the bronze serpent, they survived. This is perhaps the great symbol which we see serpent out of bronze and raised it up before the people and when the people who were bitten looked at times in the office of a doctor, a symbol of trust in the healing powers of the doctor, but also in the healing love of our God and Father.
Jesus then makes the comparison with a new image which will be raised up before the people. Many times we hold up the familiar cross of his death and forgiving love. But it seems to me, that Jesus wants us to lift up the image of his resurrected body as the one that will bring healing to us who have been BITTEN.
What does the Lord want held up for us today? What is the image that the Lord wants to give us hope? IS it the dying Christ or the Risen Christ???? The early Christians held up the RISEN CHRIST which gave meaning to their following of Jesus. Yes, they talked about the rejection and death of Jesus, but more importantly they spoke of the Risen Lord Jesus as the savior. He is the one who came not to condemn the world, but to save it and gives us hope that if we walk in the light of his teaching, we will show forth his works of Light and not of darkness.
Ask yourself, what is biting at you today? What is biting at your spirit today? Could it a be murmuring against God for a boring way our life is going, or could it be the biting fear that we will be destroyed by violence? Whatever is biting you and threatening to destroy you or is inflaming your anger and spirit, look up at the RISEN LORD here and see the victory over sin and death!
Maybe someone did something to you that is biting at you and destroying your peace of mind. Fear also is biting at us so much today! There are fears that we are going to be destroyed. There is the fear of people, fear of immigrants, fear of ISIS killing people who do not submit their religious ways of thinking. There are lots of fears that are biting and destroying us and the worst one is DEATH!
Now, look up to the RISEN JESUS who came not to condemn, but to save. For as the Lord tells us: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
So God does not want to condemn, but to save us from the bite of death!
But Jesus goes on to say that the challenge is to live in His Light, His teachings which call us to forgive, to trust in the Father, to trust that death is not the end, but only a passing on to an eternal life that the Father wants for all of us his children. We are called to live the truth and come to the light of Christ and be the light to our dark and trouble filled world of wicked things that live in darkness. There are many examples of that dark world today and the works of darkness, but Pope Francis calls us to enter the LIGHT of Christ and find the joy of the Gospel teachings. He begins his first letter saying: The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. No doubt he is speaking of an encounter with the RISEN LORD! This is the same message that Saint John Paul wrote when he spoke of the SUNDAY as being the day of the Resurrection: EVERY SUNDAY is Easter, every Sunday is the Resurrection> Ask yourself, what is biting at you today? What has bitten you and is destroying your spirit. Could it also be the murmuring against God or the boring way our life is going, or could it be the biting fear that we will be destroyed by violence ! Pope Francis wrote:
‘The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts
and lives of all who encounter Jesus.’
Easter is our encounter with Jesus.
‘We are set free from sin, sorrow,
Inner emptiness, and loneliness.
‘We embark on a path marked by
this joy, pointing out new paths
for the Church’s journey.
There are Christians whose lives
Seem like a Lent without Easter.
We must never look like someone
who has just come back from a funeral:
dejected, discouraged, Impatient, or anxious,
but who has met the Risen Christ.’
Pope John Paul II wrote:
Every 7 days, the Church celebrates the
Easter mystery. Sunday always recalls
the dayof Christ’s Resurrection.
It is Easter, week by week.’
That is why, if we miss the Sunday gathering,
our faith will die.
We will be in mortal danger of losing our faith.
3rd Sunday de Lent `15 :
Today we see the Lord going to the Temple for the Passover celebration of the freeing of the immigrants from Egypt. He and his family came every year it seems since it was worth travelling the 90 miles to gather with all the Jewish people for this most important celebration. But this year he saw the commotion, the selling of the market outside the temple which drew all the attention from the Presence of the Lord and the reason meaning of the celebration of the Passover. If you have ever experienced a market in a foreign country as I have in Peru, you know what this was all about and how people were trying to sell their animals and if you ever had to change money in the street in a foreign country, you know what might have been going on. The greed and intrigue of the merchants would be very evident and the fear of the people trying not to be tricked would be the primary focus of the experience. With that in front of the Temple, there was not much consideration for the celebration of the feast, perhaps like the buying of gifts at Christmas take up and take away from the real meaning of the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Jesus comes with prophetic whips to chase away and turn over these obstacles to prayer and celebration. He is angry and then is questioned as to his authority to do this. He wanted to stop the cheating, greed and taking advantage of pilgrims like when his parent would come each year. He knew that his actions would cause conflict with the religious leaders as did his healing up in Galilee which did not demand travelling to Jerusalem. BUT as a Prophet, he could not go along with this evil greed and engaño, but also with the distraction from the real meaning of the celebration. So he swept away these obstacles out of devotion to the real revelation that he wanted to bring to the people: His Resurrection.
We do not have this commotion outside our churches, but we do have hidden things which are obstacles. Just like a vacuum cleaner finds hidden dirt in the rug, so does Jesus want to clean up our hidden obstacles.
I would suggest 2 great hidden obstacles: Greed and lack of recognition of the Resurrection of the Lord each Sunday.
Greed might not be obvious to us at first, but can be an IDOL which takes our attention: the worry about not having enough money, even in our old age. How often do you worry about not HAVING ENOUGH MONEY? Secondly, greed is an excessive self desire in which we want more and more for me. Even children always want more and more toys, even though they lots of toys already. We all think that THIS or THAT thing or experience will make us HAPPY, and yet even a rich person always is seeking something more and that will promise happiness. WHEN are we going to be happy with all that has been given and what God has done for us this past week? I am grateful for 11 years of cancer recovery that my surgeon announced to me this week. WHAT are you grateful for this past week in which you can say: GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME AND IN ME THIS WEEK?
The second area that is an obstacle is that we come here Sunday by Sunday, most times out of fear of committing a MORTAL SIN and possible going to HELL if we miss Mass. Does that say WHY you come each Sunday??????
I would like the Lord to wipe that away now as we grow in faith in the Risen Lord whom we meet here each SUNDAY. Just like Thomas and Peter, we too can meet the Risen Lord each Sunday. Thomas was not there the first Sunday, but was present the next Sunday when Jesus once again broke into the locked room where they were hiding out for fear they too would be crucified. He was invited to touch the wounds of the RISEN LORD JESUS and stop doubting. Peter too, after denying 3 times that Jesus was his teacher and guide, met the risen Lord at the Lake of Galilee on a morning after these fishermen, experts at fishing, had come up with NOTHING. Jesus told them to cast on the other side of the boat and they came up with 153 fish! That’s more than their limit, but the amazing thing was his encounter with the RISEN LORD, who did not scold him, did not humiliate him. Rather Jesus asked simply: DO YOU LOVE ME? And when Peter answered YES LORD, each time the Lord told him to care for the sheep entrusted to him and finally: FOLLOW ME. Peter did then follow Jesus and proclaimed that he had met the Risen Lord and followed him to Rome where he was also crucified, but now not out of fear, but out of LOVE!
We are invited each Sunday to meet the Risen Lord here! Pope, Saint John Paul II wrote that every SUNDAY is EASTER, every SUNDAY IS THE RESURRECTION and this where we too meet the Risen Lord. CAN WE let the LORD wipe away our fear of MORTAL SIN and let us see that if we miss the encounter with the RISEN LORD each Sunday we are in risk, mortal risk of losing our faith?
Ask yourself this week, LORD what do you want to wipe away from my life that is an obstacle to meeting you the Risen Lord? IS IT GREED or not seeing you as the Risen Lord each SUNDAY? That is why we come here each Sunday. NOW let us tell our families WHY WE COME HERE EACH SUNDAY. Pope Francis wrote: “The JOY of the GOOD NEWS OF THE RESURRECTION fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” So meet the Risen Lord here and then tell the good news to your family and invite them too, to meet the Risen Lord next Sunday!
2nd Sunday de Cuaresma/Lent
How would you feel if someone took you up a mountain, showed you an awesome view and then coming down the mountain said: ‘ Don’t tell anyone what you’ve seen? It reminds me of putting tape over my mouth so that I don’t tell. With tape over your mouth, it feels like you are more likely to want to pull it off and tell what you saw. It seems unusual that someone would not want you to be excited and want to joyfully tell of what was seen. WHY did Jesus not want the 3 special disciples to not tell what they had just seen? This was not the first time that Jesus had told someone not to tell what he had done. Remember the leper and several whom he healed? He told them also not to tell who or what he had done. But this time, recall that this secret was only to held until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They did keep it secret, but privately continued to discuss what ‘Rising from the dead’ could mean.
It seems to me, that many of us have still kept the tape on our mouths and do not very often speak of the glorious resurrection and transfiguration of Jesus. Ask yourself: When was the last time that you talked about the resurrection of Jesus?
When you go to a doctor for a painful situation, the nurse will often ask: HOW INTENSE is your pain on a scale of 1-10. 1 is very little and 10 is all the time.
Now turn that over and let me ask you on a scale of 1-10 how often you FEEL the power of the RESURECTION of Jesus in your daily life or even now? Do you know in your mind and say it is present or does it affect you day and night? If we are honest, most of us would say it is somewhere between 1-5 at most. On Easter Sunday of course we would say it is an 8-10, but then it subsides. Another question is how do you talk about coming here every Sunday. Do you talk about going or coming to Church? Do we EVER talk about coming to meet the Risen Lord again on this Sunday. Remember that Thomas was not there on the Day of the Resurrection, and during the week when he came back into the locked room, he stated that he would not believe unless he himself touched the wounds and the side of Christ which was pierced. He needed first hand information. It is interesting that on the NEXT SUNDAY, Jesus broke into the locked room and invited Thomas to touch and stop his unbelief. He touched the wounds and responded that it is true and that Jesus is our Lord and God.
We also need to come here every Sunday to touch the Risen Lord, meet the Risen Lord like Peter did on the shore of the sea of Galilee. They had gone fishing once again, went back to their secure ways of doing things. But they came up empty with no fish. Jesus tells them to cast the net on the other side, even though they were expert fishermen. They took his advice and came up with 153 fish and then Peter met the RISEN LORD who merely asked: Do you love me? And Jesus called Peter to follow HIM, to FOLLOW THE RISEN LORD. We too can meet the Risen Lord here every Sunday.
For example, when we talk about the Sunday, we talk about going to Church, going to Mass and fulfilling a command of the Church under pain of mortal sin. But when are we going to talk about the Sunday meeting of the Risen Lord? We are taken up the mountain here, every Sunday, and given another opportunity to LISTEN TO HIM, to Listen to the Word of God, to listen to a reflection by the Priest or Deacon, to listen to words of a song that reinforces the Word of God.
Pope John Paul has stated in a letter that every Sunday is EASTER and every Sunday is the Resurrection. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? Can you start to see that and tell people that this is the reason we come to church each Sunday. We come and meet the Risen Lord and then can you keep that a SECRET for very long? We live after the Resurrection and it is okay to tell the SECRET that we have kept for many years. Tell the whole world, starting with your family!
1st Sunday of Lent:
Have you ever heard the expression: “I’m throwing in the towel”? It is an expression used in a boxing match when the trainer believes that his boxer has been beaten down too much and it would be harmful to continue on. Sometimes there are people who say that also when they are so discouraged and want to give up. There are also instances of people calling it quits, even wanting to take their life when they see no way out of the situation they are in. We hear of when someone is bullying a child and the child feels he cannot continue to take what the bully is doing and wants to kill their self. This is throwing in the towel.
It seems that John the Baptist could have felt that way when he was imprisoned by Herod and Jesus walked away and went back to the lake in Galilee. He could have thrown in the towel and was tempted to doubt and asked whether Jesus was the one to save the people or should he look for someone else.
Jesus was tempted in the desert and many other times, even on the cross. The people taunted him saying: “IF YOU ARE THE SAVIOR, come off and show your power. He was hanging helpless and powerless, beaten, scourged, mocked, and spit upon and finally rejected by the people who called for him to be crucified. He could have thrown in the towel, but he didn’t. Jesus trusted in the power of the Father, even though he prayed Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Yet He continued to pray that psalm which finally trusts in the power of God: Rescue me from these lions, I am helpless and yet I will tell my people what you have done. He does not neglect the poor or ignore the suffering; he does not turn away from them, but answers when they call for help.”
The Lord then returns to a safer place where he announced the Good News from God that the time has come for the kingdom of God is near. So REPENT and believe in the Good News. This message is again true for us to hear that the Good News is near to us, we just have to REPENT. The Biblical word REPENT means to change our way of thinking, to take a new path, change our way of seeing. Pope Francis wrote in his first letter to all of us: THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) FILLS THE HEARTS AND LIVES OF ALL WHO ENCOUNTER JESUS. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness, and loneliness. He invites us to embark on new paths for our journey in the years to come. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt and the desire to do good fades. Many end up resentful, angry, and listless. So Pope Francis invites all Christians to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Let us never flee from the Resurrection of Jesus. Let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onward! Could he have said: let us never throw in the towel!
One of the best ways to encounter the Risen Lord is in the word that He spoke and the actions he showed and continues to show in the Sacraments, especially in the greatest and central Sacrament, here in the Eucharist. During this Lenten season we are offering 2 opportunities for you to meet the Risen Lord. One is called living the Eucharist or living what we do in this action here we now call the Eucharist, the action of giving thanks. We gather and read about the Eucharist and then reflect in a prayerful way on the next Sunday’s readings of the Word in a way called Lectio Divina. When we go over the word several times, there is a word that seems to capture our attention and that word or short phrase helps us to go deeper into an encounter with the Lord. Finally we allow a time of silence so that we can feel the Lord embrace us. How much we all need to feel that embrace of the GOOD SHEPHERD! When we are down and out especially, we need to feel being held intimately by the Lord.
The second way is to use the Rice Bowl program. Each week we are introduced to a person from a country where there is great need for food or shelter. We learn from the stories of these people and thus we also see how our fasting and sacrifices will make a difference and allow us to be solidly united to Jesus in the most poor who he embraces. He reaches out to them through us. Read the story and see how it begins to affect you. Then when you see this person, meet this person, and hear and see and feel their need, our own problem and suffering begins to seem less and we are less likely to throw in the towel. If you want to or have thought of throwing in the towel, then here are 2 ways in which you can get back up and find the joy of the risen Lord Jesus.
6th Sunday of Ordinary:
Have you ever gone into a hospital to visit someone and had to put on rubber gloves, a gown, and a mask because the person might have a contagious disease? Rubber gloves are used often so that we do not directly touch the other person who has a contagious disease.
It sounds like the leper who came to Jesus, pleading to be cured and made clean. If Jesus touched him, Jesus would contact the dreaded disease of leprosy. As we heard in the 1st reading, the religious rules of the Jewish Old Testament declared a leper an unclean person, a sinner who would have to live apart from family and the community until the leprosy was declared cured. If someone touched the leper, that person would be declared unclean and a sinner. So the skin disease of any kind made a person considered unclean and was banished from the community. Such a person was cut off from worship of God, cut off from a normal community and family life, and had to live as an outcast of society. The religious Law could do nothing for the leper and on the other hand, the Law protected the rest of the community against him. The person was cast out of society, isolated and punished, a feared sinner, unclean. Jesus however, was moved with compassion for the leper, felt the isolation of the leper, and most of all that the sickness was considered a sin. Jesus broke with the religious Law and risked being put in conflict with the religious Law and out of compassion cured the man by extending his hand, TOUCHED HIM and with His WORD declared him cured.
JESUS TOUCHED the Leper and thus cured him of being isolated and a sinner. This sin of being declared unclean was forgiven by Jesus and the person did not have to go to Jerusalem, maybe 90 miles away and buy a special animal for the declaration that the skin disease was not contagious. Only the Priest in Jerusalem could declare the person free of a contagious skin disease. Jesus did not want the fact that he touched the leper to become known since it would put him in jeopardy of being declared a sinner and unclean and thus unable to live and associate with the people and enter the religious gathering place. So when the man did not keep the secret and proclaimed what Jesus had done, Jesus had to stay in isolated places.
The encounter with the leper reminds us of how St. Francis of Assisi also looked at lepers in his time. He AVOIDED them and would go around them when he met them in his path. BUT one day, to his amazement, he met a leper, went up to him, put a coin in his hand, kissed him and when he turned around in amazement at what he had done, realized that he had met Jesus. This risky encounter and compassionate feeling for the leper began a greater change in his life so much so that the early Franciscans cared for lepers, much like Mother Teresa of Calcutta who took in Lepers, people with AIDS, abandoned children and abandoned elderly people. She saw in them Jesus! Do we see Jesus in the outcasts of our society?
So there are 3 questions for our consideration: Who are the OUTCASTS in our community and country today? Why are they considered OUTCASTS? And what should be a Christian’s approach to them? So easily, we can put someone or a group of people outside of our social community by a LAW. One example is the people who have crossed the border of the US and are considered as breaking a serious law of the country. Our following of Jesus and putting into practice his way of seeing the leper, brings us to challenge the Law, as it did for him with the Law of the Leper. His compassion and mercy for the person supersedes the law toward a leper that isolates a person from society. Many people want to isolate the immigrant by making laws which put them outside of the community. The example of wanting to take away drivers license is a typical example today. By taking away the license, the person is isolated and put in a special category. And on the other side, if someone shows compassion for this person who is isolated, they are also isolated and considered unclean and sinful.
But let us keep in mind what Jesus did when he was moved with pity for the leper. He saw the man as a person, he felt the pain of being isolated and treated as a feared object, like someone who is quarantined with measles, Ebola, or AIDS or something by which we put a group of people in a separate group from US. This is the process of DIVIDING rather than INCLUDING people and treating them as PEOPLE and not isolating them from us.
So ask yourself, who you find difficult to reach out and touch? IF we imitate the compassion of Jesus who touches us, then it will be easier. This Lent, let us get to know people who have been isolated and the Rice Bowl program is an excellent way to do that. But also ask your family who are the outcasts today and how we can reach out and touch them as St. Francis , Mother Teresa and Jesus did?
might have to give away our security, all that we have in our nets. It seems we all have similar fears like the unclean, fear filled spirit that is afraid that Jesus will destroy or our lives, if we leave our past security and follow His narrow path.
Last week we heard Jesus invite the fishermen to leave their nets, leave their families and their security to follow a new and difficult path that leads to life. Today we hear a man refuse to leave his security saying: ‘Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are.’ These are the words of the unclean, evil spirit which was afraid that Jesus of Nazareth was coming to take away and destroy this person. This is the fear that we have also, that by following the teachings of Jesus, Jesus might take away something that we have lived with for years and we
What do we have to give up that we hold in our nets?
A net collect many things like fish, a stone, a crocodile, and even a black box. The stone might be the hardness that we have toward someone where we refuse to change our opinion of the other person. We are hard headed, stubborn at times. We do not want to change and even in the Bible we hear God speaking of the people as being hard- hearted, not having any feeling of compassion for the person who is suffering and not wanting to change and follow/obey the commands of God the Father. The crocodile can be the symbol of the way we can cut or even kill the spirit of other people in our home or marriage. We have that power, that ability and it seems almost have in our human nature the ability and willingness to attack and cut to pieces another person, even in our family. Sometimes we say that we live with a burro which means that we think the other person is stupid and stubborn and not like us. This belief or feeling is a great mistake to put another person in that category and lock them into an image that pre judges that person in a negative way. The black box is like the black box that is in an airplane and has the secret words and messages of a pilot and seems the secret life we might live or those secret sins that we keep hidden from others. How often, even children have a secret life from their parents which is sad and tragic when that secret life comes to the light.
Thanks to God we have the Sacrament of Forgiveness where we have the seal of confession so that the Priest will never tell what we have told him nor reveal our identity and our sin to anyone else. We can tell our deep secrets and find a God who is compassionate in forgiving and forgetting our sins. We can open that black box to God and find that He does not scold or condemn, as Jesus tells us that He came not to condemn, but to save us.
But we also all have many other types of good and positive things in our bag and in our life that are like the faith that we have in the risen Lord who we honor each Sunday. As Pope John Paul II wrote: ‘ Every Sunday is the Resurrection. Every Sunday is Easter for us as Christians and that is why we come here again today.’ So we have to leave behind the fear of the obligation to go to Church and now come each SUNDAY to celebrate and believe more fully in the Resurrection of Jesus which gives the center and meaning for all of our faith in the Lord Jesus as our Savior. He saved us from the fear of death and gives us forgiveness by his death on the cross. He suffered the punishment that we deserve for our sins and so God does not have to punish us. YES, we do suffer the CONSEQUENCES of our sin, just as we suffer the consequences of the ORIGINAL SIN of Adam and Eve: the death and labor pains along with the frustration of our efforts. These are the consequences and yet Jesus comes to restore our life and our hope and if we believe in Him, we have the Promise of a Resurrection like His after our death. We have from the moment of Baptism, the power that raised Jesus from the dead. We have the POWER of the Holy Spirit living in us which was the power that raised Jesus from the dead. So we have that power, that seed in us as a result of our Baptism and is the reason we want to baptize babies, so that they have that same seed, that same Power of the Holy Spirit for them also.
Again, there are many things which do not serve us and many things to take on like the reading of the Bible in which we find a quite different God than we have imagined and created. The God we see in Psalm 103 is quite different than the punishing God we have believed in. This too we have to leave and get acquainted with. BUT it is hard to leave this type of God of obligations for a God of LOVE and Compassion. This is a God who is the POTTER and we are the clay and so we have to let go of our desire to be a GOD who shapes God who we want to be clay in our hands.
SO, do not be afraid to give your life over to Jesus and follow His narrow path, because that will lead us to Life. It is the path that St. Peter FINALLY found after the Resurrection and continued to follow even to his martyrdom in Rome. It is the life we will find too and the happiness that we see in Pope Francis today.