Posted: 12 May 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure! 30 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to 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, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:29-33
Reflection: Loneliness is a great sickness they say. It can be killing and begins to haunt the ones who are facing it.
Yet there are many who prefer to be left alone, it is normally for a while because as the effects of loneliness begins to haunt then one wants to come out of it.
We may sometimes dream of being alone and quiet, especially when we are disturbed and hurt.
One of the greatest fact of life is that we could be in the midst of our family, friends and loved ones and yet be lonely.
What happens to a person who goes through so much of battering in life that he or she now can’t trust anyone and prefers to be in isolation? Is it not a situation of depression and pain?
Such a battering may not always be from people but can also be from the self which speaks the many voices of condemnation to the fragile mind and conscience.
Such are the types who are then suicidal, with the evil one assaulting the mind and conscience to give up.
Some may in such situations adopt a spirituality of death, available in the plenty in the market places, because of their strong will to fight back.
The market place is filled with such New Age spiritualities and practices to overcome stress of loneliness too.
Yet in the midst of these challenges there are some who may deliberately adopt a way of life of moving away from the world, cutting oneself completely as in a cloistered or monastery.
Those who do so know that they are not alone in their loneliness and have learned to live in the company of the select or even in the company of God, as revealed in Christ Jesus.
Jesus in himself faced plenty of situation of loneliness, even in the midst of his select disciples; because no one really understood what he had to tell them and more so in his moments of rejection, betrayal and pain.
In such a moment he speaks the secret meant for all his followers: “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.” (vs. 32)
Prayer: Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? Ps 113:5-6
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