Acts 7:55-60; Psalms 97:1-2,6-7,9; Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20; John 17:20-26
Despite his ongoing financial successes, a businessman was unhappy with the way his life was going. Consequently, he consulted a pious monk for advice. “I’m never satisfied! I feel empty … unfulfilled!” To which the holy man replied,
“As the fish perishes on dry land, so you perish when you get entangled in the world. The fish must return to the water — you must return to solitude.”
The businessman asked nervously, “You mean I have to go into a monastery?”
“No, no,” replied the monk. “Hold onto your business and go into your heart.”
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus prays, “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am” (Jn. 17:24). In order…
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