Thursday 25 May 2017

About Today Readings

St Bede the Venerable; St Gregory VII; St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.
Acts 18:1-8. Psalms 97(98):1-4. John 16:16-20.

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power — Psalms 97(98):1-4. John 16:16-20.

‘Your sorrow will be turned into joy.’

We acknowledge the real presence of Jesus not only in the sacrament but also in our daily lives. That said, there are times of physical trial and spiritual doubt when it might seem more appropriate to speak about his ‘real absence’.

The saints like Mother Teresa and even Jesus himself (see John 19:28) experienced such times of apparent abandonment by God—times when the taunt directed at the psalmist, ‘Where is your God?’ (Ps 42:11), might have been their question too.

O God, recalling your abundant love for me during the good times, may I be strengthened in all the trials of my present life by Jesus’ assurance that my pain will turn into joy now and, beyond my imagining, in the life to come.’

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