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Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

“You will suffer in the world. But take courage! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). So said Jesus to his disciples. To us. But who is willing to accept that? We are his faithful followers – or at least, we try to be. We pray; we sacrifice. We began this whole Lent-Easter- Pentecost saga with six weeks of genuine penance. Isn’t that enough? When suffering becomes an uninvited and unwelcome guest in our lives, isn’t our typical response, Why me? As Jesus’ followers, we are likely to think that we should not have to suffer, precisely because we are Jesus’ followers. Just weeks ago we followed Jesus on his way of the cross; standing on the sidelines, as it were, saddened for Jesus, while p

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