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I remind myself to move from my head to my heart, where the Holy Spirit will guide me into the truth of whatever Jesus has to say to me.

Reading: They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” John 16:18.
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s Gospel (John 16:16-20) Jesus told his disciples: “For a little while you will not see me, but after a while you will see me.”  The disciples looked at one another and asked: “What does Jesus mean when he says he is going to the Father?  Is he going to leave us for a time?  And how much time is a little time?  The disciples were confused by Jesus’ words.
Jesus knew they were upset, and he realized that they had many questions they wanted to ask Him.  He said to them: “I know you are wondering what I meant when I said: “You won’t see me for a while but after a while you will see me.”  He then adds: “Yes, you will cry and be sad, but the world will be happy.  You will be sad, but later your sadness will become joy.” The disciples were even more confused by these words.  What is he saying?  What did His words mean for them?

Again, Jesus tells the disciples they are not to worry because their sorrow will be turned to joy with the dawn of the resurrection and all that implies. In their own way, the disciples will share the Passion of Jesus as all their hopes and expectations are emptied and are turned to dust – only to be revived with the realization that their Master still lives as Lord and King.
All our sufferings can similarly be turned to joy when we totally unite ourselves with Jesus our Lord and suffer with him and for him, for his gospel and for the sake of all our brothers and sisters. Let us bring our sufferings to Jesus now as we seek the joy of the resurrection in our daily lives.

The disciples did not understand that Jesus was appointing them to be the messengers who would carry His words and teaching to the whole world.  At this point, they were afraid of Jesus disappearing once again.  Jesus was empowering them and calling them to share his message of love and salvation with the people of the world.  Jesus promised that He always would be with them, although it would be in a very different way.
Am I like the disciples in today’s passage? Do I get irritated by some of Jesus’ words because I don’t understand them? Do I go over them again and again in my mind, discussing them with myself? Once again, I remind myself to move from my head to my heart, where the Holy Spirit will guide me into the truth of whatever Jesus has to say to me. I let go of my desire to understand intellectually, and I open my heart to the action of the Holy Spirit within me.
At times, we may not understand Jesus’ instructions to us.  We may become confused and afraid.  However, if we trust in Jesus, His plan for us will unfold and we will sense that Jesus is walking beside us and guiding us!  Today and every day, may we pray for one another that we will trust Jesus in all things.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 10:00

Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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