“[B]e brave: I have conquered the world”

John 16:33

Monday, 25 May 2020

Acts 19:1-8; Psalm 68:2-7; John 16:29-33.

There is a danger that religious people imagine a God who will protect them from every harm. A God who keepers believers in a protective cocoon.

How different from the image with receive from today’s Gospel. Jesus makes it clear that Christians should expect adversity. God does not protect believers from harm but accompanies us on our journey. We should expect adversity, even persecution. But the point is that God is with us even in the midst of our struggles.

Trusting in God, we can deal with what comes along because Jesus offers himself as a model. Fidelity to God’s will to the end, and the resurrection as the validation that it is all worth it, that in the end, God’s will be done.

Living the Christian life is an act of faithfulness to the Risen Christ according to the path each of us takes, whether in public or private life. Each life faces challenges. Each life offers opportunities to glorify God.

Loving God,

May we follow the example of your Son in discerning how to follow you. Send us your Spirit’s guidance that we may face adversity and in doing so conquer the world.


Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for spotlight.africa. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

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