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August 23, 2009: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Following the teachings of Jesus is sometimes hard to do, but well worth the journey.

As the teachings of Jesus got more difficult for the people to accept, many turned away from following him. So Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:67-71)

It’s not easy being a disciple of Jesus. Following someone who tells us to love our enemies … do good to those who hate us … give to those who steal from us even more than they took, etc., is not something we are naturally inclined to do. Doing what Jesus asks of us is even more difficult. If we follow Jesus we must do what he asks us to do.


We can only do what Jesus asks because he also helps us! When you must do something that’s difficult and is also the Christian thing to do, turn to Jesus in prayer. Believe that he will help you and he will!

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is currently ministering as the Guest Services Coordinator in Woodhaven, a Retreat and Guest House. In addition to many liturgical involvements, she also is a volunteer visitor in Providence Health Care. Previously she served for 10 years on the SP leadership team general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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