May 3, 2017
by Carol Zuegner
Creighton University's Department of Journalism
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Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
Lectionary: 561

1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
John 14:6-14

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It’s one of those days. I’m cranky. I didn’t get a lot of sleep. I am impatient with my colleagues. I’m frustrated because a project was rejected. Everyone is driving me crazy. I’m feeling sorry for myself. I am near tears because of all of the above.

I hope you don’t have many days like this.

I turn to the readings for my reflection. I take a deep breath and read Jesus’ words: “I am the way and the truth and the life.”  I take another deep breath. God can show me the way, if I surrender to the way and the truth and the life. I take another deep breath. I am holding on to my crankiness, to my disappointment, to my frustration. Am I like Philip, asking Jesus to show him the Father because I do not want to surrender to the way, the truth and the life?

Why must I dwell in the negative? What can I be thankful for today? My family. My friends. Work that mostly gives me joy and a feeling of satisfaction. I can be thankful for God’s love that still surrounds me even when I am cranky and frustrated and impatient. I can ask Jesus to help me. I can take a deep breath and pray. I can try to push out the disappointment and let God in. I can turn to God, to the way and the truth and the life. I can take a deep breath and pray.

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