May 25, 2020

God is always in the details of our lives. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus states in verse 32, “Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home….” Sound familiar, have you experienced this recently? Today it’s called social distancing and sheltering at home. The rest of the verse is what is most important. “…and you will leave me alone.” More on this later.

There are so many people today struggling with loneliness, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. None of these issues are to be taken lightly. Thank God, support groups have popped up to help those with these COVID-19 leftovers. I struggled with severe anxiety for five months in 2018 when two people whom I loved dearly were in harm’s way, and the thought of losing them put me into a tailspin. Medicine, counseling, and Christ—and the greatest of these is Christ.

I thought my faith and trust in Jesus was strong; I never had anxiety like that before in my life. That is not the issue at all. People suffer many things in this world regardless of their faith and trust in Christ. Just look at the lives of the saints of yesterday and today.

In verse 32, Jesus continues to say, “But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world, you will have trouble, but take courage; I have conquered the world.”

Get the help you need; for sure. But pursue Christ with all your heart and strength; in him true peace and comfort will be found. Father Eymard stated in December 1862, “The good Lord is blessing us with crosses.”

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, we put our faith and trust in you, for you are sovereign, and nothing can happen to us without your permission. Bring us closer to you daily. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.