May 14 – Monday
Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
Reading: JN 15:9-17 or John 16:29-33
Receive the fullness of God’s love and joy
St. John tells us that God loves the world so much. However, the world has seen much corruption, degradation and secularism. It is the same world that Jesus lived in, with all its trials and tribulations. That is why He states in the Gospel today, “In the world, you will have trouble.” Sadly enough, we live in a world full and rich with God’s provisions, yet lacking in care and respect towards the Creator. But Jesus says, “Be brave.”
We have to trust the words of Jesus, “Do not be afraid.”
The Gospel reminds us of Jesus’ nearness to us in our humanity. Jesus loves us as He knows and understands the human plight. He worked with human hands, thought with a human mind, and loved with a human heart. Since He has come into the world, with all its troubles and anxieties, we can trust in His words, “Do not be afraid. Be of courage and good cheer.” Jesus manifests to us a God who wants to be involved with us and loves us. At the Last Supper, Jesus is fully aware that the disciples will be mistreated and persecuted. He, their Master, is to be taken from them, and He knows they will struggle.
We need to be constantly reassured that God has not abandoned us. He is still with us, leading and guiding us to eternity. This is the beauty of the Eucharist and the other sacraments. Let us hear His Words that we need not be afraid but be brave and full of courage. Hope in Him.
Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
Lord, fill us with the light of Your presence. Give us the joy and courage we need to face life and the world with all its troubles. Amen.