Mass Readings: Ezekiel 37:12–14/Romans 8:8–11/John11:1-45 or 11:3–7,17,20–27,33–45

Listen, Body

If the priest doesn’t invite the congregation to sit during today’s long Gospel reading, I’ll probably use my “brain-tumor card” and sit anyway. Besides, this is a very appropriate reading for someone with death on his mind: the raising of Lazarus and the phrase, “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11:25). I don’t want to miss a word of this reading while agonizing over unnecessary physical discomfort.

Fortunately, I’m still ambulatory, but last summer I didn’t hesitate to rent a wheelchair after two painful hours of walking in the heat of the Minnesota State Fair. That way, I lasted four more hours and enjoyed every minute of something-more-on-a-stick. To get the most out of life, listen to your body, even when it tells you to hold back from one more tempting fair item.

Prayer: Father, thank You for this body You created for me.