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May 21 - John 16: 16-20

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordMay 21, 2020


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Today’s reflection is by Fr. Anthony Akpanessien:                       

Many past memories have resurfaced for me in prayer and in the quiet moments of this extraordinary time. As I reflect today on the dialogue between Jesus and His disciples in John 16.16-20, I am reminded of the first time that I left home – my parents, siblings, relatives and many more, to a boarding school in another town. It was January 15, just two days after my twelfth birthday! I recall that day with mixed feelings. Like the disciples of Jesus in the gospel, I did struggle then with letting go of all that I was familiar with, as I had very little understanding of the future.

We can all feel the grief in the heart of the disciples of Jesus as they learned that Jesus was going to depart from their world. Anyone who has ever been in their situation - loss of a loved one, farewell ceremony, departure from home/country, will know that this grief can be heart wrenching. The ending of the discourse in the gospel has highlighted a typical reality in any encounter with Jesus - JOYFUL HOPE: ‘’ Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

Dear friends, let this promise of joy to the disciples of Jesus also bring us true consolation, and strengthen our faith in this trying time. We believe that Jesus is with us, and with the Father.

RESOLUTION: In prayer today, I will make an Act of Faith.

MEDITATION: Let nothing trouble you Let nothing frighten you Everything passes God never changes Patience obtains all Whoever has God Wants for nothing God alone is enough - St. Teresa of Avila