“I have told you this while I am with you. 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. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.” (JOHN 14:25-29)
The Spirit is with us in unity and peace. What an opportunity we have in these times after Easter. We hear that pain can be turned into joy or at least understanding. All we have to do is open the newspaper or hear the nightly news to know that we have reason to hope. The hope we have comes from Jesus who assured us, “You may have pain and challenge in your life, but I am with you till the end of the world.” That takes courage to believe in our time and place.
I often cling to that hope when I am faced with discouragement, disappointment and just plain wonderment. Why me Lord? We are not alone. Look to your heart and truly see if you can say, “Thy will be done.” It worked for the apostles who faced daily threats of extinction. It worked for heroes like Nelson Mandela who, after imprisonment of more than 20 years on Robin Island in South Africa, said I seek not revenge only reconciliation and hope for the future.
This is our Easter challenge. Look for ways today when you can say, “Thy will be done.”
Sr. Eileen O'Connor
Vocation Director, Sacred Heart Monastery
ACTS 15:1-2, 22-29 ● PSALM 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 • REVELATION 21:10-14, 22-23 ● JOHN 14:23-29