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May 11, 2021

Jn 16: 5-11

But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

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.

Trusting God’s providential love

We come near the end of the Last Supper discourses. Jesus told the disciples, “I no longer call you servants...I have called you friends, because I’ve told you everything I’ve heard from the Father.” But in the midst of this heartfelt message of friendship, Jesus reveals his imminent departure by way of the cross. His friends grieve this loss, but Jesus promises they will not be alone. He will send the Advocate to be with them.

Which of us doesn’t know the pain and resistance experienced in the face of major life changes? Even if we know and trust that good will come from such a change, as the disciples must have clung to Jesus’s promise of the Holy Spirit, there’s still the unsettling truth that life is going to be  different, and we’re not entirely in control of what that difference will be like. We must brace ourselves in love and trust that with God we’re going to be alright.

In facing life’s big changes, how do you practice trusting God’s providential love?

—Ian Peoples, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province working as a prison chaplain and campus minister in Belize City.

 

Prayer

God of transitions, we trust that you will be with us through all the changes in our lives.  Send your spirit down on us that we will know that we are not alone, but rather always surrounded by your unfailing love.  We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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May 11, 2021

Jn 16: 5-11

But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

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.

Trusting God’s providential love

We come near the end of the Last Supper discourses. Jesus told the disciples, “I no longer call you servants...I have called you friends, because I’ve told you everything I’ve heard from the Father.” But in the midst of this heartfelt message of friendship, Jesus reveals his imminent departure by way of the cross. His friends grieve this loss, but Jesus promises they will not be alone. He will send the Advocate to be with them.

Which of us doesn’t know the pain and resistance experienced in the face of major life changes? Even if we know and trust that good will come from such a change, as the disciples must have clung to Jesus’s promise of the Holy Spirit, there’s still the unsettling truth that life is going to be  different, and we’re not entirely in control of what that difference will be like. We must brace ourselves in love and trust that with God we’re going to be alright.

In facing life’s big changes, how do you practice trusting God’s providential love?

—Ian Peoples, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province working as a prison chaplain and campus minister in Belize City.

 

Prayer

God of transitions, we trust that you will be with us through all the changes in our lives.  Send your spirit down on us that we will know that we are not alone, but rather always surrounded by your unfailing love.  We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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