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Kathy Bernard - Publisher

"Taste and see that the Lord is good;
 blessed is the one who takes refuge
in Him. "
Psalm 34: 9



THERE was a group of Seminarians who were invited to bring their lunches and eat outdoors on a grassy picnic area near the seminary.  Because it was the Lenten season they began to speak about their faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ and how they looked forward to reaching out and bringing others to faith.

NEARBY there was a man sitting on a bench who had been listening to the group talk about Jesus and how they looked forward to spreading Godís Word though their ministry.  This man was not affiliated with the Seminarians but he came over anyway and started speaking to the group.  He spoke for awhile, trying to prove and convince the soon to be Catholic Priests that the resurrection of Jesus was false.  That it did not happen.  He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book and ended with "there was no such thing as this historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship about a risen Jesus, Who in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense."  He then eloquently asked if anybody wanted to make a point about what he said?

AFTER a minute of thinking, an old priest who was sitting on the grass with the Seminarians, stood up with a half-eaten apple in his hand and addressed the man.  "Sir", the old priest said, while still chewing furiously on his lunch apple, "I got one question for you,"  He continued to chew loudly, "My question is a simple one. Now, I've never read the books you read, and I canít recite all the Scriptures in the original Greek.  And I donít know anything about these people you mentioned," the old priest said, finishing the apple, "all I want to know is, this apple I just ate, was it bitter or sweet?Ē 

SURPRISED, the man thought for a moment, then answered in a scholarly fashion, "I cannot possibly answer that question because I haven't tasted your apple.  How's that for an answer?"  The old Priest dropped the core of his apple into a paper bag that he held, sat down and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus."  The young men sitting on the ground erupted with applause and cheers.  The man became flustered, thanked the seminarians for listening and thoughtfully walked away.  "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him." (Psalm 34:9)

JESUS gave us all a beautiful lesson of eternal love when He died on the cross for our salvation; giving up His life for unworthy mankind.  He paid the price for our sins; a price we could never afford.  Even today there are those who doubt, and some who claim to be Christian but refuse to follow what He taught us all. Instead, some choose their own path, doing what they want, some living lives filled with sin.

OUR Lord, Jesus Christ is asking right now, "Which path are you choosing?   Yours or His?"







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