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John 16:29-33

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Jesus' disciples said, 'Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.' Jesus answered them, 'Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!'

John 16:29-33
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    • Despite the many ways in which we are digitally connected with one another, it is easy for people to feel alone. Jesus knew that he was in relationship with his Father and drew strength from this. He invites us into the same relationship!
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    • Peace and courage are two gifts that Jesus wants to leave with us. Peace comes from knowing that he will be with us always. Courage comes from knowing that when we try to live in the light of the Gospel, God’s strength will shine out through our human weakness (2 Cor 12:9).
    • In what areas of my life do I need peace and courage at the present time?
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    • The disciples proclaim their faith in Jesus. But these same disciples will scatter when he is arrested and crucified. Yet he never despairs of them – or of me.
    • When I face opposition and rejection, it is hard to keep faith. In such moments, Father, give me your courage and peace. You are always watching out for me in my struggles.
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    • There is a slightly manic tinge about the disciples' speech. Jesus looks into their hearts and brings them back to the grim realities that he and they face. He knows how they will fail - you will leave me alone - and he loves them as they are, promises them peace, and urges them to courage.
    • Lord you have no illusions about my fallible heart but you promise peace to me too.
    • These words of Jesus are the foundation and basis for Christian hope. Our hope in life is based on the victory of Jesus over death, and on his ongoing presence in our lives. His is a saving and energising presence, and it gives the courage and conviction we develop in prayer. He has conquered anything that can make for discouragement and despair.
    • We are brought back to the events which would result in the crucifixion. To remember this central mystery is life-giving as it gives hope and courage to the disciples in their times of persecution. The conviction that the Father is with Jesus always is shared with all of us - God is always with us, always near, always on our side.
    • The prospect of being alone was not daunting to Jesus; he knew that his Father was with him. I pray that I may grow in awareness of God's presence to me, of God's indwelling in me.
    • I think of all those others who use Sacred Space today, thousands of people all over the world, each in her and his own place. I may be alone, but I'm united with them in prayer, encouraged by their invisible companionship. I draw strength from remembering that when I pray, I am never alone.
    • Just as the disciples note their achievement, Jesus offers them another challenge. I take care about how I measure my progress.
    • Where am I rooted? Do I stand firmly with Jesus, risking persecution, hazarding being thought odd?