John 16:29-33 Reflection – Peace and Courage

Reflection on John 16:29-33 ~

There is more than meets the eye when Christ speaks. Prayer such as Lectio Divina helps to unwind His living words. I perceive He speaks of evil’s true intent, which is to scatter and separate us from God and each other so we cannot be loving brothers and sisters. In the subtleties of these deceits, we must remember that Christ is offering to embrace us with gifts of peace and courage to help deal with worldly struggles.

Jesus Discourses with His Disciples James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumJesus Discourses with His Disciples, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

 

Additional Eastertide Reflections

John 16  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

29 His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! 30 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.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 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. 33 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!”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 16:29-33.