Think for a moment how you have felt at different times of your life when you have been alone or you had to face a challenging situation without your parent or friend by your side. Perhaps when you were younger, your parents left you at a sports practice, school, event, for the first time without their presence at your side. Perhaps you had to present a college paper without someone you trust in the room with you. These scenarios are all very similar to how Jesus’ disciples are feeling on the night before He dies. Jesus has told them He must leave. What will they do without their Master, Teacher and Lord? How will they go forward and do what He asks of them?
The key point to reflect upon and remember is that Jesus comforts His first disciples and He comforts us. He promises that God dwells in them. He also promises that the Holy Spirit will continue to enlighten, teach and guide them. Finally, He offers His very own PEACE of mind and heart. All these gifts He has given to us as well!
Jesus will NEVER leave His followers, His friends, His companions… ALONE! Jesus’ peace is not about a lack of fighting or war. His peace is much more than that. It is a feeling of calm and security no matter what is happening around you. Jesus’ peace brings with it a wisdom and courage which helps one to figure out how to be the best of followers without Jesus’ physical presence.
On this Memorial Day Weekend, when we honor our military veterans and personnel, let us take a few minutes to honor and praise our Lord and friend, Jesus, who protects and defends us everyday, everywhere and in all circumstances of our lives. We know that our Redeemer lives!
Sister Diane Marie Corrado, CSFN