Father Patrick Langan,
Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you,
realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to
the world, the world would love its own; but because
you do not belong to the world, and I have
chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you, ´No slave is
greater than his master.´ If they persecuted me, they will
also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will
also keep yours. And they will do all these things
to you on account of my name, because they do
not know the one who sent me."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you
for granting me the opportunity to be with you. There
are things in life, Lord, that attract me, but you
attract me more. I hope in you, and I love
you. Maybe I don’t really understand what it means to
love, and maybe I don’t love the way I should,
but I do love you.
Petition: Lord, help me to embrace my
1. Bearing the Burden: “The world hated me first.”
This is the incredible story of the Gospels. Christ came
and the culture was against him. As the story of
Christ in the Gospel progresses, the forces of antagonism get
worse: The dangers increase with the turning of every page.
This was a real burden for Christ, the burden of
a parent whose children turn against him. Perhaps I, too,
feel that burden. Perhaps I experience that rejection from those
who love me or from those who don’t believe.
2. Loving Acceptance:
Christ courageously and lovingly accepted that burden. He did not
complain. Perhaps he asked his Father for an easier way.
It is the same in our lives. I often face
problems, even when I want to do good. There comes
a moment in life when I must accept my limitations
and the limitations imposed on me by others. This is
a memorable moment in life—the moment I accept my cross,
like Christ did. That acceptance isn’t easy, but at the
same time it fills my heart with a deep peace
and sometimes even joy.
3. Seeking Solutions: After I accept my cross,
I experience a new courage, and my imagination fires up.
Love always looks for solutions: Christ never stopped searching for
ways to get through to the culture. I must do
the best I can to evangelize, even though I may
encounter opposition. With Christ’s help, no obstacle is too great.
He will help me to overcome all the problems I
may encounter. The important thing is that I keep focused
on the fulfillment of his will out of love. He
will take care of the rest.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know
my burden. You know what makes me lose sleep, what
I wake up worrying about. Help me to accept it,
as you accepted your cross.
Resolution: I will stop complaining and see
what I can do to alleviate the burdens and sufferings