Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I spoke today with the woman who packaged my groceries. She looked bedraggled and fatigued. When I said, ‘Hello, how is your day going” she literally turned and looked behind her to see if I was speaking to someone else. “My day is going better now. We have been very busy, and you are the first person who spoke to me and wasn’t rude.” I once was a Physical Therapist at Loyola University Medical Center. One of the sage older Orthopedic Surgeons used to say that our patient care was only as good as the care everyone, every one of us, could provide, not just the doctors, not just the nurses. The kitchen staff, the phone receptionist, the shuttle driver, the custodian. As John says today in the Gospel translation we hear at Mass, ‘I will not reject anyone who comes to me…everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life.’
—Bernadette Gillick is a Marquette University alumna, and a former Clinical Instructor for Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern. Her ministry continues as a clinical researcher discovering treatments for stroke during infancy.
Lord, as Pope Francis has said about this feast, “Today is a day of memory that takes us back to our roots. It is also a day of hope. It reminds us of what we can expect: the hope of encountering the love of the Father.” Draw us ever closer to this love, both now and in eternal life. Amen.
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