Life in this world is troubling, challenging and at times frustrating. We are constantly beset by broken promises, betrayals, and unfortunate turn of events. A business deal turned sour, a dream job not forthcoming, or someone betraying you. Due to our weaknesses and frailties as part of our nature arising from original sin, we commit errors and wrongdoing and fail in our promises to the Faith. As a result, you can be anxious and afraid of what might be. It’s a cycle that repeats day in and day out.
This is why we need the Lord more and more in our beings.
Throughout my life I have the privilege of guiding friends and people I met. They’ve shared with me their hardships, insecurities and fears. One of the things that come out is the fact that there are many young people today who are restless and insecure. For most of them, the Lord is someone that seems distant and remote. There is a difficulty in getting intimate with Him. This is also true even with most parents and adults. This loneliness is compounded by the stresses of life e.g. coping with the demands of family, peers and work. It has become a depressing battle for most of them.
However, there is hope! There is a brighter future ahead if you choose Jesus over the rest of the world.
In today’s Gospel (Jn. 14: 23-29), the Lord addresses us through the continuation of the farewell discourse. He assures the disciples while He is still physically with them that He will send the Holy Spirit,
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
What the Lord promises is that the Christian life is not shaped by Christ’s absence but by God’s abiding presence, He is Emmanuel, God with us! This pledge should bring about a change of attitude: His continuing presence overcomes the fears and the anxieties about the absence of Jesus when He finally leaves them physically. He is forever alive. He is everywhere. That is why we are encouraged to visit Him in the Tabernacle, veiled as He eagerly waits for our visits. Our present and future should be shaped by this assurance and confidence that through His love we are guided, and there should not be a trace of fear in our hearts,
“Peace be with you! My peace I give to you; not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled! Do not be afraid!”
Let us pray then that by the grace of God we’ll be given the strength, fortitude and wisdom to overcome difficulties and challenges. That by Jesus’ assurance we may become more confident and hopeful viewing these trials as necessary to fortify and deepen our faith in the Risen Lord.
“O God, let all the nations praise you!” (Ps. 67: 4)