Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter ‘a’
Jesus said to His disciples: "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.” While Jesus was with them, they felt safe, peaceful, and they knew that nothing would happen to them. The One who has the power to bring back the dead to life and heal any illness will protect them and will provide for them. Easier to believe and have faith when everything in life goes according to our plan, when everybody in the family is healthy, when you have a decent job, a place to live and food on the table. However, when some tragedy comes our way, that same faith can be shaken, can be tested. I know some people, and you probably do too, who turned away from their faith because they lost someone they loved or got very ill and suffered. They kept asking God -- where are you now, why are you not here to help me, and to help those I love? Most of Jesus’ disciples’ faith was shaken during His passion. They ran away, they lost that feeling of security. However, after Pentecost they begin to understand what Jesus was telling them -- He will go back to the Father. There might be times when you may feel that He is far away and is not listening to you. Will you still have the same faith then?