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dglogoGospel: Mk 6:1-6
      Leaving that place, Jesus returned to his own country, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and most of those who heard him were astonished. But they said, “How did this come to him? What kind of wisdom has been given to him, that he also performs such miracles? Who is he but the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here among us?” So they took offense at him.

      And Jesus said to them, “Prophets are despised only in their own country, among their relatives, and in their own family.” And he could work no miracles there, but only healed a few sick people, by laying his hands on them. Jesus himself was astounded at their unbelief.

      Kierkegaard, a famous phi-losopher said: “Faith is leap into the dark” and I add: ”Because you are sure to fall into the hands of the living God. When I went to Germany to study, I passed by our Motherhouse which had a boathouse near the Stanberg lake where the Sisters would go when they would swim in the lake. They couldn’t believe I could not swim even if I live in an island. Anyway they taught me to swim. The first thing is to float. The more I tried, the more I sank until at one mo¬ment I just stopped trying and let go and lo and behold, I floated. Then I reflected on the spirituality of swimming and that is of: LET-TING GO — SURRENDER! Faith is actually letting go, surrendering oneself to God who loves us with an unconditional love. In life, we have to practice letting go and letting God. We will find out that when we have exhausted all hu¬man efforts to solve our prob¬lem and decide to put them into the heart of God, then a solution comes out of nowhere. And if we have become adept at letting go little by little, at the time of our death, when we really have to let go of everything, it will no longer be hard for us and we prepare our¬selves to fall into the hand of our loving God.


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