“The ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me.”

Picking up where we left off yesterday, we now finish off chapter 14 (Jn 14:27-31a).  Jesus finishes His discourse by giving the apostles His peace, reiterating that they should not be troubled or afraid, and saying again that He is going to the Father.  Giving an inkling of His forthcoming suffering, He concludes with the words at top followed by His acknowledgement that what is about to happen to Him is due to His love of the Father and His desire to follow the Father’s commands.  Would it be that we fully recognize the “ruler of the world,” the devil, in all his disguises and temptations.  And, more importantly, confidently say that he does not have power over us.  Jesus experienced severe temptations so He understands the lure of the Evil One.  But He gives us the graces to fend off Satan if we are open to receiving them.  Frequent reception of the sacraments is the ordinary, and surest, way to obtain the graces we need to live our lives in accordance with Jesus’ teaching as found in the Church.  We should pray that we better draw on the baptismal and confirmation graces we’ve received while firmly resolving to overcome our most troubling and repetitive sins and vices in confession, making us disposed to receive Holy Communion and as open as possible to the infinite graces that come with it.  Married and ordained have special graces that come with these vows to help them in their vocation — easy to forget, particularly in times of turmoil when they are needed, and should be called upon, most.  In all cases, we should be comforted by the fact that God is on our side and has the power and desire to help us, particularly during our most difficult and challenging times.  Remember the Lord’s promise to Paul (and us) that, no matter how bad it seems to get, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).

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