Monday 22 May 2017
St Rita of Cascia.
Acts 16:11-15. Psalms 149:1-6, 9. John 15:26 – 16:4.
The Lord takes delight in his people – Psalms 149:1-6, 9.
‘I have told you all this so that you may remember that I told you.’
Today we read of Jesus preparing his disciples for his imminent departure. He wants to make sure his followers will not forget his promise. He has already been preparing them for what may happen. Jesus is giving us that same reminder, for he knows we too live in a hostile world and are sure to encounter suffering.
When we experience difficulties, it is very easy to forget that Jesus told us this would happen. Our world can be critical of those who practise a religious faith, of people who are different, of people who speak a different language, of people who have a disability.
Lord, when I am being jeered at or criticised, help me to remember your promise that the Spirit of truth is with me.