Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
Memorial Feast: Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest (1380-+1444) Patron Saint of Advertisers
Acts of the Apostles 22:30; 23:6-11, Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11, & John 17:20-26
Today’s readings speak about God’s protection. In Acts, Paul is assured by the Lord that he must keep his courage for further trials. The Psalmist sings of the safe refuge found in God’s love. Then in John’s Gospel narrative, Jesus prays that His disciples, as well as all believers, stay close to God. In all of these, God’s protection is made know through an intimate conversation.
Don’t you relish these chapters in John’s Gospel? Jesus is no longer speaking in parables or saying things that are difficult to understand. Rather, He manifestly speaks to His disciples of God. He reveals that His mission is to bring all of us into an understanding and close connection with God. So, where is the protection according to John’s Gospel? The protection is found by being one with Jesus as Jesus is one with God. Yet again, our Lord presents Himself as The Way. That is the Way to God, to the Kingdom of Heaven, and to spreading the Good News of God’s love on earth.
How then does this relate to our lives? Clearly, God wants us to be the intimate other, the beloved, or the child running into the arms of a parent. In theory, it sounds great to rely on God entirely. However, when the weight of today’s world crashes down upon us or when lies and deception come at us from every direction, it is challenging to trust in God’s protection. It will be a test of faith to trust that God will create goodness and love out of so many painful situations. Yet, these potentially faith-filled situations are a perfect time to have a personal conversation with God and to be close to the loving providence that Jesus so intimately spoke. God’s love will be the difference in our lives and in whatever difficult situation we encounter. The outcome may still be hurtful or unjust, but through our intimate conversation with the Father, we will experience His endless love that will sustain us through our most troubled times.
Question of the Day: Will you take time to have private one-on-one conversations with God every day?
Prayer: Lord, guide me in everything. Grant that I may always follow the way of Your Divine will. Amen.