What Have You Got to Lose?

(I finished yesterday’s post on the way to the United Center in Chicago for the Blackhawks Stanley Cup playoff game against Nashville. Traffic was awful. I had plenty of red lights and stopped traffic to get it done.

I almost finished before I had to leave the house. But one thought needed to be clarified and I still had to “edit.”

I clarified the thought and tried to edit, but it was nigh impossible on the phone browser, so I made the executive decision to hit Publish. Someone much smarter than I once said “done is better than perfect.”

It’s a good thing I did. The game was intense and didn’t end until 1:20 AM. That minor detail presented its own set of issues today.)

Anyway, that’s besides the point. But it sure was fun. Go Hawks!

Now for today’s thought.

What have you got to lose?

St. Stephen (yesterday’s 3rd week of Easter reading) was stoned to death for calling out the shortcomings and failings of his Jewish brethren. Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 8:1b-8) follows Stephen’s death. After his friends bury him, the Apostles boldly preach about Jesus and have enough faith to heal people in His name.

Stephen’s loss — his earthly existence — was the gain of many. The number of believers was growing exponentially.

Today is a feast day for the Jesuits (Feast of Our Lady, Mother of the Society). EWTN’s Gospel was from John, the wedding feast at Cana.

Mary tells Jesus the hosts have run out of wine. Jesus tells her “my time has not yet come.” Mary simply trusts and tells the servants to listen to whatever Jesus tells them.

What does she have to lose?

In today’s Easter weekday Gospel (John 6:35-40), Jesus tells the crowds He is the Bread of Life. He tells them that whoever believes in Him will never thirst. Everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

Do you believe?

Why not?

What have you got to lose?

What if I’m completely wrong? What if eternal life is bullhooey? What if we die and we turn to dust and that’s it? Do you get to take any of the spoils of this life with you?

Well, you could… but would it matter when you crumpled to dust?

Even if you go to heaven (better stated, when you go to heaven), you don’t get to take any of your ‘stuff’ with you there, either.

What if I’m right and there is a heaven? What have you got to lose by believing?

Jesus promises you He won’t reject you if you come to Him. He says that He cannot lose anything (or anyone) given to Him.

What have you got to gain?

I’ll let you contemplate and answer.


Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.


One Response to What Have You Got to Lose?

  1. Love this post! I have to be honest with you that the playoff game and Blackhawks are what brought me here (great game, by the way!), but I’m glad I stayed and read the whole way through. Thanks for sharing. :)


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