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Sunday, November 25, 2018

     “…His disciples said, ‘Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! Now we know that you know all things, and need none to 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, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’” (Jn 16: 29-33)

     When the Lord says to His disciples, and through them to all of us, that “in the world” we will have “tribulation,” He means also the “tribulation” that comes through their own, and our own, sins and mistakes. Becau...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

His disciples said (to Jesus), ‘Look, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! Now we know that you know all things, and need none to 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, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but take heart (θαρσεῖτε, дерзайте), I have overcome (νενίκηκα) the world.’” (Jn 16: 29-33)

We do, and will, have tribulation “in the world,” as the Lord tells us here. And that’s OK, because we are meant to be “in the world,” with all its tribulations, rather than “out” of it. “I do not pray that...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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 have tribulation (θλῖψιν ἔχετε). But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (Jn 16: 32-33)

 

How very gentle, forgiving, and humble are these words of our Lord. He is about to be abandoned by us, by His very own, and delivered into the hands of His enemies. And yet He consoles us, so that, even in our weakness and failure in His final hours, in Him we “may have peace.” He is about to face Judas’s kiss, mockery, torture, and crucifixion, and yet He says to us: “But take courage; I have conquered the world.

 

So as Christ heads toward the Cross, He...

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