Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Saint Isidore of Seville, (560-+636) Patron Saint of Farmers
Acts 18:23-28, Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10, & John 16:23b-28
In today’s Gospel narrative of Saint John, we hear Jesus telling His disciples that He will return to the Father. What a time of mixed emotions they must have experienced since Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He was led away to His crucifixion and death, the fear must have been overwhelming not just for their dear friend and leader but also for themselves and their families. There also must have been great confusion about how this could have happened to their Lord and Savior. Then on Easter Sunday, the emotions would have swung to great joy as they learned of His Resurrection. Their Lord was their Savior, after all. He had overcome death. In John’s Gospel, they start realizing that Jesus will leave them again. What faith they must have had to trust in this Person who has taken them on a “roller coaster ride” of emotions. He is going to leave them again, but this time they are more prepared for His departure.
Jesus tells His followers they do not need Him as an intermediary for their prayers. Due to their strengthened faith, they are to pray and take their needs directly to the Father. The kind of faith that the disciples had developed was not one of expectation that God would give them whatever they asked. Rather, it was a faith that God knew what they needed and would answer their prayers accordingly.
Friends, in our society, that kind of faith is counter-cultural. In our western culture, which promotes independence and individual rights so strongly, we do not leave it up to just anyone to know what is best—not even God. Unfortunately, there is an expectation that one should know what is best, which usually is whatever one wants. It can be difficult in such a society to trust in God’s wisdom and love. However, it can be reassuring to put our troubles in God’s hands, knowing He is there to love and support us in our needs.
Unfortunately, there is an expectation that one should know what is best, which usually is whatever one wants. It can be difficult in such a society to trust in God’s wisdom and love. However, it can be reassuring to put our troubles in God’s hands, knowing He is there to love and support us in our needs.
Question of the Day: How will you recognize that Jesus is the source of your salvation and feel in your heart the power of gratitude for the greatest sacrifice of all time?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we trust in Your teachings as You guide us to Your Father in heaven. Speak to us as we receive You in the Holy Eucharist as our source of inspiration and strength.