FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 17, 2021 EASTER MONDAY 7
WORD of the DAY
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 world. (John 16: 33)
How shall I live this Word?
Whenever we experience hardships, sufferings, tribulations, we cannot be frightened: Jesus foretold all this when ascending to heaven. But we have always thought, or hoped, that by telling us “I have conquered the world” He meant to us to be tranquil, “you will not suffer anymore because I will take away pain from your lives.” But no! Why does the pandemic still claims innocent victims with huge numbers and inhuman situations in many parts of the world? Why are there wars, violence, torture present in many nations and peace, respect, fraternity do not exist? Why are so many innocent children still victims of the brutality of people who should love them and take care of them? What did Jesus mean with the phrase “I have conquered the world”? Perhaps He will not free us from us situations of evil, sin or pain. He will not free us from moments of suffering, but He will help us to read them with faith, to face them with hope, to transform them into opportunities for life, to fight them with us, in the certainty that He has really conquered the world ….
Lord Jesus, help us to read with faith and live in hope all the pain and suffering that we meet with trust in You.
The Voice of Pope Francis, General Audience 16 April 2014
We wait for God in His omnipotence to defeat injustice, evil, sin, and suffering with a triumphant divine victory. Instead, God shows us a humble victory that humanly looks like a failure. We can say that God wins in failure!
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