Father Paul Campbell, LC
The disciples said
to Jesus: "Now you are talking plainly, and not
in any figure of speech. Now we realize that
you know everything and that you do not need to
have anyone question you. Because of this we believe
that you came from God." Jesus answered them, "Do
you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has
arrived when each of you will be scattered to
his own home and you will leave me alone. But
I am not alone, because the Father is with
me. 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
Introductory Prayer:Lord, I believe in you and all
that you have revealed for our salvation. I hope
in you because of your overflowing mercy. Every single
act of yours on this earth demonstrated your love for
us. Your ascent into heaven before the eyes of
the Apostles inspires my hope of one day joining
you there. I love you and wish you to be
the center of my life.
give me an unwavering confidence in your victory over sin
and evil in my life and in the world.
1. Jesus Knows Our Weaknesses: Jesus warns his disciples
that they will all flee from him in the Garden
of Gethsemane when the guards come to arrest him.
He is preparing them not for their fall, but for
their recovery. He never expected them to be perfect,
without flaws, mistakes or shortcomings. He doesn’t expect it
of us either. There have been times when we
have all abandoned him to follow the selfishness of sin.
We sought our own pleasure, as he sought the
nails of the cross and the scourging of the lash.
Where am I struggling right now? Am I wavering
over a compromise with sin in my life? Ask
him for the strength and light to live as his
2. Trust in the Father’s Presence: Even as
the disciples left him, Jesus was not alone. His
Father was with him. This essential union of love
in his life with his Father was the strength that
carried him forward to embrace the cross. He could
be calm in the midst of the storm and
endure unimaginable sufferings during his passion and death. Jesus lights
the way for us in the midst of our
own struggles and trials in life. It is natural
for us to feel isolated from everyone when we are
suffering and struggling, alone in the pain and the
emptiness of our life. But God is with us;
he is within us. We are never alone.
Victory is My Victory: Jesus never promised his disciples
an easy life. He was very clear with them that
in the world they would have trouble. It is
the same for us. If the world has rejected
Christ, it will reject us. We can’t be surprised when
opposition and difficulties come our way. It is part
and parcel of following Christ and shows that we
are heading in the right direction. It is hard to
keep fighting, fighting the enemies within and without, but
Jesus is with us. We need faith to see that
he has won the victory. He has overcome sin
and death and he is there at the right
hand of the Father.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, it is
hard to keep fighting. Sometimes it seems I make little
progress. I have the same struggles and difficulties every
day. I’m overwhelmed by the evil I see in
the world, and it can be hard to see your
victory in many places, in many families and homes.
Give me the hope that I need to keep
seeking your will in all things.
pray for those who are struggling in their faith.