An out-of shape, overweight man decided to take up tennis. He took several lessons from a pro. He also read several self-help books which advised him to “think positively” and “develop a winning attitude.” A friend asked him how his tennis play was going. With a decidedly positive, winning attitude in his voice, he replied, “When my opponent hits the ball to me, my brain immediately barks out a command to my body: ‘Race up to the net.’ Then, it says, ‘Slam a blistering shot to a far corner of the court. Then immediately jump back into position and return the next volley to the other far corner of the court.’ Then my body says, ‘Who, me?'”
I am sure you’ve had the experience of coming to Church, listening to a Gospel Reading in which Jesus gives a very specific command, and immediately concluding that it’s not meant for you, but somebody else — kind of a knee-jerk reaction. Someone who has made a…
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