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Growing Older as a Mystery

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

“Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” (John 21:18)

In the last chapter of John, Jesus gives counsel about how the Paschal Mystery will unfold in the way we live the last chapters of our lives. The crosses we bear may come in the form of injury, illness , addiction or broken relationships. During these times of needed healing, people experience spiritual pain through a loss of meaning and hope. What worked before suddenly doesn’t hold life together, and a person is challenged to create new meaning from loss, illness or brokenness.

   Members of the Avera community have opportunities to meet the needs of individuals and families not only through health care delivery but also through compassionate soul work, provided one-on-one. It is a blessing to be cared for by such people of faith.

As we age, let us learn to let go of clinging to material productivity and listen meditatively to where our inner promptings lead us. In so doing, we can help those in our care find new meaning in their difficulties.



help us commit to embracing the dying and rising involved in each day’s struggle

to free ourselves from everything that keeps us from offering our lives in love and service. Amen.

Paul Willrodt
Friend of Avera,

ACTS 25:13B-21 ● PSALM 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20AB ● JOHN 21:15-19

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