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Friday, Second Week of Easter


If we are really honest with ourselves, we will admit that we often bring problems on ourselves. We make things way too difficult, convoluted and stressful. This is a Gospel passage that reminds me of the truly simple way that Jesus can work in my life.

Jesus said, "Have the people recline.” (John 6: 10)

If we are really honest with ourselves, we will admit that we often bring problems on ourselves. We make things way too difficult, convoluted and stressful. This is a Gospel passage that reminds me of the truly simple way that Jesus can work in my life. He tells the people to just sit down. That was all they had to do in order for Jesus to work the miracle here. Just sit down. Perhaps there were people who left, thinking that Jesus’ instructions were too simple, who left and missed the miracle because they made things too complicated.

At its core, our Roman Catholic faith is not complicated. It’s not rocket science. I don’t need a doctorate in theology to get to heaven. I simply need to listen to Jesus and his instructions to me, no matter how simple they may seem. That takes trust. That takes faith. And that takes confidence. We all know the saying, “God works in mysterious ways.” But how often we forget that God works in simple ways as well. May we, during this season of Easter, ask for grace to see that and not make things so complicated.

Rev. Michael R. Mateyk, C.PP.S. (Atlantic)



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