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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
One of Jesus’ most effective means of getting us to think about his message is to juxtapose it against how we commonly think about our reality. For example, in today’s gospel Jesus responds to his disciples declarations that he is from God by saying that they will all abandon him and ultimately he has conquered the world.
Superficially it is a rather confusing response from Jesus to his followers’ efforts to affirm him. What it shows is that God will not be tamed and made predictable to suit our need for routine. We seek to control our reality so we are not surprised or frightened by the unexpected, and this can often lead us to wanting to control God for the same reasons. God will not be mocked, however, and it is only in surrendering our will by acknowledging Jesus as our Lord that we can claim to be his true disciples. It is freeing and sometimes frightening to deeply assert that Jesus is Lord.
Today, try to “let go, and let God.”
Lord, you never promised us freedom from hardship and heartache. You even warned that persecution could befall your faithful. But you did assure us that your peace would be our inheritance. We pray that we stay close to you. And that we embrace your guarantee that you have conquered the world and that our confidence will come through our relationship with you.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!