The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
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.”-John 16:9-33
There is nobody in the world that is exempt from worry. We are being bombarded from a million different directions. We have family obligations, work obligations, church obligations, and many more. We don’t take enough time to rest and refresh ourselves. What does this have to do with today’s Gospel reading? If you think about it carefully, the two are very closely related.
The disciples made a statement that they believe that Christ came from God. Christ responds by saying that each will be scattered. What happens when we let the pressures of the world become our priority? We try to do so much that don’t study scripture, the catechism, or may even miss mass. Everything else becomes more important than God. At this point we become scattered, and Satan has easy prey. He has someone that he can deceive and twist their priorities.
In today’s Gospel Christ tells the disciples that He has overcome the world. He also says that true peace lies in himself. We have busy lives, but you will find peace in your job, money, or more toys. True peace is found by cleaving to Christ. Is Christ our priority today?
“Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ, just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it, can they derive peace, grace, and truth”.-St. Anthony of Padua