As our churches are closed, and all possibility of praying in them is removed, let us remember that it is possible for us to go in spirit before the Blessed Sacrament, to adore our Lord and to ‘console the Hidden Jesus’, in the words of the child saint of Fatima, Francisco Marto. There our Lord waits for us, the One who is not obstructed by a closed door, the One who feels and knows our pain.

In our Gospel reading today, from St John’s gospel, we have the clear sense that tension is building: ‘If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me. … The Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life’.

We pray that it may never be true of us, that we refuse to come to Him that we might have Life; he offers it out to us continually, pouring out His Love upon us. May we, today, draw near, believe, and receive His Love and His Light. May God bless you.