Posted by: frburke23 | May 18, 2015

Thought for Monday, 7th week of Easter

John 16:29-33

The disciples said to Jesus,

“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.

Now we realize that you know everything

and that you do not need to have anyone question you.

Because of this we believe that you came from God.”

Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?

Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived

when each of you will be scattered to his own home

and you will leave me alone.

But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

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.”


I will be traveling to Colorado today to celebrate my nephew’s graduation from Colorado State and my niece’s graduation from high school. 

The Lord so often wants us to know that He will never abandon us.  He tells us that “in the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”  It is not easy to follow the Lord today amid the materialism, commercialism, relativism, etc.   It is countercultural to live simply, to believe in objective truth, to give up carnal pleasures for the sake of Christ.

As a priest I have realized that every single person in this world carries a heavy cross.  No one has a perfect life.  And some carry a heavier cross than others.  And only God knows the heavy cross that you are carrying as you read this.

The Lord invites you to allow Him to help you carry the cross.  He loves you and will never abandon you.  “Take courage” he says to you today for “I have conquered the world.”  Allow these words to wash over you today.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

Evangelio según San Juan 16,29-33.
Sus discípulos le dijeron: “Por fin hablas claro y sin parábolas.
Ahora conocemos que tú lo sabes todo y no hace falta hacerte preguntas. Por eso creemos que tú has salido de Dios”.
Jesús les respondió: “¿Ahora creen?
Se acerca la hora, y ya ha llegado, en que ustedes se dispersarán cada uno por su lado, y me dejarán solo. Pero no, no estoy solo, porque el Padre está conmigo.
Les digo esto para que encuentren la paz en mí. En el mundo tendrán que sufrir; pero tengan valor: yo he vencido al mundo”.


El señor quiere que sepamos que el nunca nos abandonara.  El nos dice que “en el mundo tendrás problemas, pero ten valor: Yo he vencido al mundo.”  En estos tiempos no es fácil  seguir al Señor en medio del materialismo, comercialismo, relativismo, etc…   El vivir simple es  contra cultural vivir,  creer en la verdad objetiva, y  renunciar a los placeres carnales para acercarse más a Cristo.

Como sacerdote me ha dado cuenta que cada persona en este mundo carga una Cruz pesada.  Nadie tiene una vida perfecta.  Y algunos cargan una cruz mas  pesada que otros.  Y sólo Dios sabe la Cruz pesada que tu cargas mientras lees esto.

El señor te invita que los permitas que te ayude a cargar la cruz. Él te ama y nunca te abandonara.  El te dice ahora,”Ten valor”, que “Yo a vencido al  mundo”. Permite que estas palabras te empapen el día de hoy.

¡Dios te Bendiga!

Padre Burke



  1. Fr. Burke – I keep you daily in my prayers and will pray for your trip to Colorado and your time with family.
    Thank you once again for you encouraging words. “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!”
    May God richly bless you and yours,

  2. Buenos Dias, Fr. Burke. Congratulations to your nephew and niece on their graduations. Have a wonderful time in Colorado. Gloria and I are on Day 4 of our walk on the Camino de Santiago de Compastela. I am sitting in the lobby of our hotel waiting to begin today’s stage and just read your reflection for Monday. It is giving me added strength and inspiration to finish the Walk. Yesterday was a tough day as we walked 30 km but today is another day and I will let the Lord help me carry my cross today. GRACIAS! Please pray for us as we continue on our pilgrimage. We arrive in Santiago on Wednesday. Utreya y De Colores!


    Sent from my iPhone


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