Tuesday, May 19, 2015
How do you respond to trouble?: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, May 18th, 2015
(Listen to this homily here).
The line that stood out to me this morning came in the last line from our Gospel: “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
You know, I would never think this intentionally, but sometimes I am taken aback when trouble happens in our parish, diocese, world or in my personal life. Again, I know Jesus never promised it to be easy, but doesn’t it always seem like a raw deal with bad things happen?
Jesus was very clear when he promised, “you will have trouble”. On the contrary, the Bible never claims that life will be easy if we are faithful.
So troubles are bound to come—it’s not a matter of if but when. How do we respond? Do trials and tribulations cause us to grow bitter or become better?
Here’s the good news—Jesus has conquered the world! No matter what loss we think we experience here—no matter how many battles we lose—Jesus has won the war!We are on the winning team. Always remember that in difficult times.