Homily for Monday of the 7th Week of Easter

Jesus knew ahead of time that those closest to Him would abandon Him after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Rather than following Him and supporting Him, the disciples would go their own way, leaving Him alone. Yet, in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus speaks with the conviction that He is never really alone because God His Father is always with Him. Even as He hung on the Cross, God the Father was with Him, supporting Him.

Jesus wants us to share this same conviction. There can be times when we feel very alone in life. This applies especially to those who have never married, or people whose spouses have died and whose families live at some distance. Yet, even when we experience loneliness, we can say along with Jesus, “I am not alone.”

God the Father is with us as He was with Jesus. The Risen Jesus is also with us, as is the Holy Spirit who has been poured into our hearts. Even when we are alone, we are always in the presence of God; we are living members of that wonderful family of God’s love. Awareness of this fact can bring us a deep peace — a peace this world cannot give. Only in Jesus will we have true and lasting peace.+

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