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May 17, 2021

Jn 16: 29-33

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.

We are not alone

Alone but not lonely.

Those are the words that kept repeating in my head as I was reflecting on today’s Scripture. In what moments of our lives do we feel alone? Today’s Gospel reminds me that the Lord is always with us, and during these days when we feel isolated and apart from others, we are never lonely. 

While my small house has felt crowded with people this past year as my entire family has been working and schooling from home, I realize I spent much of last year feeling alone. Alone in my thoughts. Alone in my worry. 

While our faith teaches us that Jesus is always with us, sometimes in dark moments I have to intentionally remind myself to seek his presence, to ask for his companionship. Every time I do, I find Jesus happily waiting for me. He is always there. 

—Sonya Arriola is the Strategic Advisor to the President at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. This is her fifteenth year in Jesuit education, including previously serving as President of Sacred Heart Nativity School.

 

Prayer

Lord, even when I am physically by myself, I know that you are there with me.  As I look to build up my relationships with others, help me to focus first on my relationship with you.  Be my companion in my journey, so that I know I never walk alone. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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May 17, 2021

Jn 16: 29-33

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.

We are not alone

Alone but not lonely.

Those are the words that kept repeating in my head as I was reflecting on today’s Scripture. In what moments of our lives do we feel alone? Today’s Gospel reminds me that the Lord is always with us, and during these days when we feel isolated and apart from others, we are never lonely. 

While my small house has felt crowded with people this past year as my entire family has been working and schooling from home, I realize I spent much of last year feeling alone. Alone in my thoughts. Alone in my worry. 

While our faith teaches us that Jesus is always with us, sometimes in dark moments I have to intentionally remind myself to seek his presence, to ask for his companionship. Every time I do, I find Jesus happily waiting for me. He is always there. 

—Sonya Arriola is the Strategic Advisor to the President at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. This is her fifteenth year in Jesuit education, including previously serving as President of Sacred Heart Nativity School.

 

Prayer

Lord, even when I am physically by myself, I know that you are there with me.  As I look to build up my relationships with others, help me to focus first on my relationship with you.  Be my companion in my journey, so that I know I never walk alone. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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