His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution.
But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I find it just a touch ironic that in John’s Gospel, of all the Gospels, the disciples might say, “now you are talking plainly.” John’s Gospel is rich in imagery and meaning, but the substance can be veiled at times. Searching for meaning, especially in our lives, can take time and effort.
In today’s world, we want easy answers. We want knowledge, comfort, and security and we want it now.
Earlier in this chapter of John, Jesus reminds the disciples that their anguish will turn to joy. While comforting in theory, for anyone experiencing grief or sadness this transformation might seem impossible. And that’s okay.
Today, on Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifice of those who have gone before us in service to our highest ideals as a people. We keep their memories alive so that we, like the disciples, might truly appreciate, reverence, and share the gift of peace.
—Jordan Skarr works in the Office of Pastoral Ministries for the Midwest Jesuits.
God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
—Prayer for Memorial Day, Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, USCCB