June 3, 2019 – Monday 7th Week of Easter
“But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.” – Jn 16: 32b-33a
Do you feel alone? People who are severely ill, those who are haunted by their traumatic experiences, and those who suffer chronic depression would mostly agonize the feeling of being alone and loneliness.
To feel alone is a terrible feeling. It makes a day no matter how bright it would be, to be so dark. Even though many people will surround us physically, this feeling detaches us from their presence.
This causes people to be so sad and depressed. How much more if physically people will leave us alone? If someone you love and so dear to you would just go away and leave you? Then, this would be a horrible feeling.
People who work away from their family would also feel being alone. They cannot help it but work a far to give more opportunities for their family and for the children especially. Yet, as a consequence, they have to endure such loneliness for their sake.
In the Gospel today, Jesus reminded us of his conviction of the presence of his Father. Jesus knew that his disciples would abandon him when he will undergo his passion. The disciples will retreat and hide because of fear even though that would mean that Jesus will be left alone to suffer and die.
Yet, Jesus was filled with confidence that his Father will never abandon him. Hence, the Father was there with Jesus even at the cross where Jesus felt being abandoned.
Today, Jesus wants us to have the same conviction. Indeed, we are never alone. The Lord is with us, always with us. This is the promise of Jesus to us today.
Thus, when we feel alone, let it be known that we are never alone. When a terrible sickness hits us, when a traumatic experience haunts us, when depression bothers us, remember, God is with us.
Those of us who are away from home and away from our families, Jesus comforts us that he is always with us.
Today, we can say confidently, “I am not alone.”
Jesus promises us too that with him we shall have our peace. When we allow Jesus to come into our life, surely, we will be at peace. We will be at peace because we will be assured, and we will be satisfied with him.
Today also, be more sensitive of people who feel alone who could just be your friend, sibling, or child, or parent or co-worker. Let them feel that Jesus is with them and you too are with them. Hinaut pa unta.
Jom Baring, CSsR