From the Word of the Day
“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (John 16: 31-32)
The disciples rejoiced with Jesus, telling Him that they understood now that He was no longer using parables. And yet, precisely to facilitate their learning of high and arduous truths, Jesus had used the didactic of speaking through parables. However, the fact remains that Jesus has already entered into the clear perception that in a short while He would be totally abandoned by them. In fact, not even one, not even the passionate and zealous Peter or the sweet and meek John would remain: there would be no one!
We do not know what the exceptionally human heart of Jesus felt. There does remain the beauty and the power of His affirmation: “but I am not alone because the Father is with me” This is the nucleus of His witness of a life given today for us.
Even for us there can come the hour of total solitude, perhaps totally unexpected. It seems we are on an island where the desert eats us alive. But faith is our victory if our belief in the Lord of Salvation becomes the existential cry of prayer, “Jesus, I trust You!” You will be saved and even enriched by an experience of tried faith in the obscurity that ends with obtaining true light from God.
Lord Jesus, grant that in the night of suffering and trial, in solitude, that Your Spirit may mature in me a faith that blossoms into full trust, into total abandonment.
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Even if it frightens you, do not ignore the abyss of your suffering and offer it to God.
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Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA