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Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.--Psalm 40:5
Mass readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 / Luke 9:22-25
I taught Michael in junior high. He was exceptionally gifted academically and athletically, and quietly humble about it. By senior year, he was a standout running back. In one stellar game, he gained 233 yards and scored five touchdowns, three rushing, two receiving. (Note to anyone unfamiliar with football: that's eye-popping incredible.)
High-profile colleges would have been competing for him except for one factor: he's five feet six inches tall. That's just too small for college running backs. He could have played at a Division II or III college, but two days after his stellar game, his father died. Michael was needed at home. His response was quiet acceptance. ''Football days are over. It's OK. No regrets,'' he told me. In today's Gospel Jesus speaks of accepting crosses. Michael is one of my models there.
Prayer: Jesus, help me accept my crosses, as You accepted Yours.
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