How do we walk with Jesus through dark times, especially in isolation? Our reading is from the very end of John where the resurrected Jesus meets with his disciples, forgives Simon-Peter and exhorts his disciples to follow him. It was a terrifying time for the first followers of Jesus- their leader had been executed and their followers dispersed. They were confused and dismayed. Times were indeed tough. How were they to move forward? How were they to overcome their very real fear?
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As you contemplate today’s reading about the disciples trying to understand the violence and upheaval that they were living through, how do you think they would have felt? How would the command “follow me” have felt for them, knowing exactly what that could mean? They did follow him, and found strength in their belief that they were somehow mystically linked to the divine. How do you feel that divine presence in your life?
While we are all concerned for ourselves and loved ones, the current death rate in Australia currently remains very low compared to much of the rest of the world. Take a moment to pause, reflect and pray for those countries where the virus is devastating communities.
You may want to use this poem as an opening to your meditation
Why not try this week to spend 10 minutes in meditation? Taking 10 minutes to just breathe and be still. Father Richard Rohr is the head of the Center for Action and Contemplation. The centre makes available meditations that are often quite wonderful and inspirational. You can sign up for free to receive these each day in your inbox.