Open up to God’s Presence



13 May 2022


WORD of the DAY 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(John 14: 1-6)

How shall I live this Word?  

Attacked by the inevitable disturbances of life, even the certainties we take for granted sometimes falter. Let us return to that eternal question as the cycle of the seasons… if Jesus is truly our brother, if God is truly our Father.  But from within those recesses where our unconscious fears lodge, where we always feel uncomfortable and as strangers, Jesus encourages us, telling us about a home in heaven, safer than any home we might have on this unstable earth. How ephemeral are the bonds we make on this earth, even those that seem most lasting! How well the promise of Jesus gives us hope! He invites us to be His stable roommates, even if in the earthquakes of life, we ​​still lose balance and orientation; even if we are not able to give an explanation to everything; even if we do not have life to the full.

Today let us ask the Lord for the strength to accept suffering for love of Him, knowing that He will know how to transfigure it into an event of grace.

The Voice of Pope St. John Paul II

Suffering means becoming particularly susceptible, particularly open to the work of God’s saving forces, offered to humanity in Christ.


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