Meditation for the Day

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter, June 3

It Is in Jesus Christ Wherein We Find Our True Hope, Our True Consolation, Our True Peace in the Midst of the Trials and Tribulations We Experience in Life.

“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” And as a precursor, our Lord says to each of us, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.”

Our Readings today continue along the theme of dependency upon God during times of anxiety and distress, for they are meant to guide us to a greater awareness of our need for the gift of God’s Spirit in our lives. They are meant to open our eyes to all that the Spirit offers us in our individual walks of faith, as we journey through the various peaks and valleys, the joys and sorrows which we encounter in life, and the fruit of “peace” with which He fills our hearts.

How many times throughout the course of our personal experiences have we felt hurt, abandoned or all alone – to the point where our cry to God comes from the very depths of our soul? How many times have we ached to feel safe and secure amidst the battles we sometimes face in life, especially when those battles deal with emotional issues, health concerns, financial difficulties or psychological scars.

We know only too well that we live in a very real world with some very real problems. Across the globe, there are millions of families – and I am sure we have all seen the pictures – of children with bloated bellies, mothers and fathers emaciated from hunger and thirst, health clinics in third-world countries overrun with the sick, and entire villages infested with disease and malnutrition.

Even in developed countries, such as in certain areas of the United States, there is an ever increasing number of homeless families, wherein many are beginning to feel the effects of disease and hunger.

And what family has not suffered from the passing of a loved one, be it a parent, spouse or child? Even the end of a love relationship, resulting in the sadness of separation or even divorce, is only one of many conditions in life which affect our spiritual and emotional well-being – all which continue to plague the human condition.

All of these are situations which leave us feeling empty and alone inside, and not a single one of us is immune. Yet, we have a faith in a God who truly understands what it means to be human, what it means to feel despair and anguish.

And He says to us today, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

It is in Jesus Christ wherein we find our true hope, our true consolation in the midst of the trials and tribulations we experience in this valley of tears – a valley through which each of us must journey, a valley through which each of us must bear our own individual crosses.

Yet, we are never alone in this journey, for God is always reaching out to us – guiding us, strengthening us with each step we take. Ours is a journey of faith, steering us into a deeper relationship with our God.

In those moments of our lives when we find ourselves feeling all alone, it is then that God is closest to us – holding us, supporting us, even carrying us in His arms when necessary, and it is only then, after we have surrendered our entire selves totally to our Creator, that he sends us His Spirit to fill with His peace.

Faith in God – faith in the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus Christ, faith in His providential Love for each and every one of us, faith that His Love for you and me is truly and deeply personal – is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given us. This gift is one which is freely given, freely offered to His children – a gift which we find offered in our First Reading today.

We find a group of disciples who did not know what was lacking in their lives. It was only after Paul taught them about the Truth of Jesus Christ that they realized what they were missing. It was only after Paul baptized them that the Holy Spirit filled them with an awareness of the depth and the richness which God’s Love had for each of them, and it was in this newfound relationship wherein they realized a peace they had never before experienced.

It is that same Love – with all its depth, with all its richness, and the peace which accompanies it – which God has for you and me, especially in the midst of the troubles and difficulties which we may face in this life, here on this side of the eternal.

We read in our Responsorial Psalm today, “…the just rejoice and exult before God; they are glad and rejoice.” For those whose hearts are opened and who truly embrace this gift of faith, our true and lasting joy exists in the knowledge that you and I are loved and are never alone, no matter what crosses we may bear, no matter what circumstances we may face in life.

God is no stranger to our suffering, for He has experienced it Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God. And through personally experiencing it, He understands it and understands how we feel when we can become absorbed in the emotional and physical pains and sorrows that life sometimes bears upon us.

Let us, once again, reflect upon our Lord’s words in today’s Gospel, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Let us ask the Spirit of Truth to fill us with the consolation in knowing that Jesus has overcome every adversity and every difficulty, so that, one day, His gifts of peace and joy may truly be ours!

And may His Spirit guide and strengthen us along the pathways we travel in life, filling our hearts and souls with an enduring hope, as we await the fulfillment of all His promises, and a lasting peace which will accompany each of us to our Heavenly home.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33b)
  • “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a)
  • “For the LORD loves justice and does not abandon the faithful.” (Psalm 37:28a)
  • “Then the just will be glad; they will rejoice before God; they will celebrate with great joy.” (Psalm 68:4)
  • “The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
  • “My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
  • “For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our consolation also overflow.” (2 Corinthians 1:5)
  • “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
  • “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.” (John 16:33a)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness

and we feel our weakness and helplessness,

give us the sense of Your Presence,

Your Love, and Your Strength.

“Help us to have perfect trust

in Your protecting love and strengthening power,

so that nothing may frighten or worry us;

for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,

Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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