Throughout history, we have seen periods where the world is unsettled. There are constant significant disruptions by the destructive power of the “ruler of the world” (Satan) with wars, genocide, and terrorism. Each day brings new situations that place us in opposing views of friends and families. Stressful conditions close to our hearts appear as side effects of how we live our personal lives, but we do not have to feel all is lost or irreparable. To quote John of the Cross, “In tribulation, immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.” Prayer and time with Christ can conquer the range of disruption and fear to unconditionally soften troubled hearts and fill us with peace, love, healing grace, compassion, and mercy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ by James Tissot painting at full resolution.
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John 14:27-31A – Scripture*
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on John 14:27-31A Reflection – Soften Troubled Hearts.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible John 14 passage.