Posted by: frburke23 | May 9, 2016

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.”
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The true test of a person occurs when times get difficult. The disciples were able to follow Jesus as they saw His miracles, heard His teaching and listened to His preaching. However, when Jesus was arrested and began His passion, they all “scattered to his own home” and they left Jesus alone.
 
Of course, Jesus was not alone, as He says, “the Father is with me.” Jesus was so connected with the Father that He knew He was never alone. And Jesus was trying to teach us the same lesson – we are never alone. He calls us to keep our eyes focused on the Father, no matter how difficult things get.
 
I often hear stories of people turning their backs on God when times get tough. Or they blame God for the challenges in their lives. It is God that we need the most during these times. The evil one wants us to turn our backs on God. God the Father only wants what is best for us. He might allow bad things to happen in our lives only for a greater good. Often the evil one is the cause of our problems.
 
Either way, know that God wants the best for us and will never abandon us. “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” When you are in a difficult situation, turn to the Father as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus didn’t like the situation, but He trusted in the divine will of the Father.
 
Jesus gave the disciples a second chance after they turned their backs on Him. They all went out and gave their lives for Jesus. Only John, who stayed with Jesus to the cross, died a natural death. The others died as martyrs. Maybe we have turned our backs on God during difficult times, but the Lord offers us another chance. “Trust in me,” He says.
 
What do I do when times get tough?
Do I blame God for the problems in my life?
Or do I turn to the One who will never abandon me?
 
Have a blessed week!
Fr. Burke

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