From today’s Gospel: ‘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 have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”’
St John Chrysostom commented: ‘“I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace”. That is, that you should not cast Me from your thoughts, but receive Me. Let no one, then, drag these words into a doctrine; they are spoken for our comfort and love. For not even when we suffer such things as I have mentioned shall your troubles stop there, but as long as you are in the world you shall have sorrow, not only now when I am betrayed, but also afterwards. But rouse your minds, for you shall suffer nothing terrible. When the master has gotten the better of his enemies, the disciples must not despond. And how, tell me, have You “conquered the world”? I have told you already, that I have cast down its ruler, but you shall know hereafter, when all things yield and give place to you’.
As we go about our daily tasks, let us receive the Lord in our hearts and in our thoughts. He is always present, and delights to be ‘at home’ with us. May God bless you this day.