From today’s Gospel (John 16:29-33):
‘In the world you will have trouble,
but be brave: I have conquered the world.’
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, gives us a stark reminder that we will encounter difficulties in our lives. But he swiftly gives us the reassurance that he has conquered the world, so he wants us to be brave and not to lose hope or lose heart. He wants us to know that, despite our difficulties, problems and fears, his death on the Cross and his Resurrection which followed has defeated evil. Good has won, evil has lost.
As you go about your daily business, remember that Good has already been victorious. That is fact. We just need to pray that the Holy Spirit will penetrate our senses in order that we may experience this fact more clearly and live in the joy of God’s saving grace.