- Acts 19:1-8; John 16:29-33
- Jesus’ Departure
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2016 THE SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER
Monday, May 9
Acts 19:1-8; Jn 16:29-33
“You May Have Peace”
“You know all things, even before we question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God” (Jn v. 30). A traveler in Scotland described two preachers. Of one he said, “He showed me the glory of God”. Of the other he said, “He showed me my whole heart”. Jesus’ knowledge of God and the knowledge of human heart made the disciples believe that He is Son of God.
To understand the other and to know the heart of the other person is something godly. It’s a way to holiness. When this world grows to consumerism, where everything is counted on benefits, the thought of Jesus may sound foolishness . This foolishness is the outcome of Jesus’ love for humanity when he is ready to die for the people who betrayed him.
Jesus well in advance gives courage and strength to his disciples showing them their human weakness and advises them not to be desperate. But the benevolence of Jesus is that he is ready to trust them even when they are weak. Jesus teaches us to forgive and trust the man who is guilty of failures. Our Failure does not make any difference in the love of God towards us. Jesus was not thinking how the failure of his disciples would hurt him but how it would hurt themselves. So Jesus is instilling courage and strength in his disciples saying, “I have told you all this, so that in me you may have peace.” Jn v 33. The one who trusts in the Lord will never be left alone even if the world forsakes him. Let’s trust in him who is even ready to give himself for us, who loves us as his own. Fr. Nithin Francis CMI