Father Patrick Langan, LC
John 14: 27-31a
said to his disciples: "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. You heard me
tell you, ´I am going away and I will
come back to you.´ If you loved me, you would
rejoice that I am going to the Father; for
the Father is greater than I. And now I
have told you this before it happens, so that when
it happens you may believe. I will no longer
speak much with you, for the ruler of the world
is coming. He has no power over me, but
the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded
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
always to remember who I am, where I come from,
and where I am going.
1. Activism: In today´s
culture, many people believe, almost religiously, that what they
do will eventually make them someone. They believe that
from doing flows being, since their activity defines them.
This makes it easy for them to be exploited. In
nineteenth century America, a slave was often not told
his birthday, so he could never really know who
he was. He was just made to work. This same
temptation exists today. Many people work such long hours
— some as a means of escape from difficulties or
responsibilities at home; others for the satisfaction they feel
seeing a job completed; still others, just to earn
more money and to be able to afford a
more comfortable life. However, these are all manifestations of the
2. My True Identity: With his example,
however, Christ shows us a different way of life, a
way that goes against the current. First I have
to be. Then my doing will flow from my
being. Christ says again and again: I am the Son
of my Father. Now I will act accordingly. When
Moses asked God of the burning bush who he was,
he said, “I AM who AM.”
am I? What defines me is my relationship to
God. Just imagine this: I have the privilege of being
a child of God! God has loved me so
much that he has adopted me as his child! This
is something worthwhile. This is who I really am,
and I should act accordingly, as Christ taught me.
True Peace: Christ´s great peace comes as a consequence
of meditating on and living out who I really am.
When I meditate, I discover that I am God’s
creature. Suddenly, I find the strength to face reality.
Others will be unable to exploit me, and I will
stop exploiting others because I am – and they
are – children of God. My dignity derives from
this fundamental truth: I was created in God’s image and
likeness. I came from God, and he is inviting
me to return to him and be happy with him
for all eternity.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I
have the bad habit of focusing on my doing.
That is why I am always anxious. I want to
be like you, Lord, seeing first who I am
and letting my activity flow from that. This will bring
me peace. However, Lord, I need your grace. Help
me to live as a true son or daughter.
Resolution: Today, I will do two kind acts to
someone who is troubled in order to help them
experience God’s love for them.