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If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it

John 15:7
Acts 9:26-31; Psalms 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; I John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, B

Way back in 1905, there was a popular song called “I want what I want when I want it” — a notion that is even more relevant today. Along with TGIF and LOL, you can now add to your list I-W-W-I-W-W-I-W-I — “I want what I want when I want it!” It may not be the easiest acronym to remember — but it’s fun to look at, and it’s right on the money — especially in the context of today’s Gospel.

In a fascinating new book entitled “Decoding the New Consumer Mind,” psychologist and consumer expert Kit Yarrow examines the “I want what I want” syndrome. Yarrow believes we’ve become conditioned for impatience by technology — like Internet search engines and smartphones. She writes, “Today, we have almost no tolerance for boredom. Our brains have shifted to accommodate much more stimulation. We’re fascinated by newness, and we desire to get the next new thing right away,” she explained. In other words, “we want what we…

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