5 May, 2020

The Father and I are one

~ John 10:30 ~

Lockdown has been hard on most, if not, all of us. It has been a constant struggle juggling work at home, our family lives and keeping a handle on our spiritual lives. It’s a struggle as we try to navigate our way between our spiritual lives and the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.


We ask ourselves, but where is God in all this? We are conflicted between what we know of God and what we believe. We ask ourselves, what do I really believe of God? Like Jesus, who was walking up and down in the temple, we also find ourselves restless. Asking countless questions, whose voice have I heard all my life? Have I been a good sheep? Which flock am I part of? Which shepherds voice do I hear now at this moment in time? And what is it saying?


For most of us, all these question surface when we are in the midst of struggles. But never in happier times. Jesus then answers “I have told you and you do not believe.” Today you and I have a choice – to choose to believe or to continue in our unbelief. Just as the early Christians preached and proclaimed Lord Jesus to the Greeks, may I preach the good news to all, regardless of where I find myself and with who. May I believe in the one who is one with the father.




I pray today that you help me in my unbelief, so that I may come to know you more fully, that I may love you truly and follow you willingly.




Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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