Scripture Reading: 1 John 5:4
This world is full of troubles. Sometimes the troubles may be so overwhelming that giving up on everything including God, appears to be the best option. The grip of sickness can cause restlessness for both the sick and on the one caring for the sick person. Financial distress can cause some people to commit suicide. Uncontrollable habits causes despair. Family strife causes confusion and hopelessness. Unemployment and loss of what we hold dear exert untold pressure on the little minds of mortal men and women. In the face of all the tribulations of life, how are we to survive? No wonder St. Jerome asks, “What Saint has ever won his crown without first contending for it?
Jesus gave us a clue to how we can survive in this hostile world: “In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Faith in Jesus Christ is what connects us to the victory of Christ over this world. The faith that overcomes the world is the faith that sees eternal realities, experiences the power of God and loves Christ to such an extent that the world’s sinful pleasures, secular values, ungodly ways and selfish materialism not only lose their attraction for us, but are also looked upon with disgust, aversion and grief. It causes you to enjoy the benefits of Christ’s victory over this world.
Overcoming the world, therefore, means that you are no longer controlled by the things of this world. You are no longer moved by what happens around you but are only moved by what God says to you through His word and His Spirit. When you are no longer moved by what situations of life dictates to you, Satan loses his strongest grip on you. He uses what happens in the world to challenge your faith, to tempt you and to frighten you. But when nothing in the world moves you, you are dead to the world and the world is dead to you. Hear this: “A woman’s husband was critically sick, however, every day she spent time before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Although often rebuked by other women, her strength to withstand the sight of her husband was being derived from the Lord daily at the Blessed Sacrament.” This is the basis of the faith that overcomes the world; the faith that is our victory as followers of Christ.
Is 26:7-9.12.16-19; Ps 102:13-14ab.15.16-18.19-21(R.20b); Accl Mt 11:28; Gosp Mt 11:28-30 WEEKDAY
- Dear Lord, help me today to find faith in the midst of the chaos around me. Forgive me for not living in faith, and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in You. Amen.
Exercise: Keep believing; your faith will save you.
Meditation: Ephesians 6:10.