The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.-- Psalm 23:1
Mass readings: Wisdom 3:1-9 / Romans 5:5-11 or 6:3-9 / John 6:37-40
Early this year, my dad passed away after a long and painful battle with cancer. Some days, I feel a gaping void. Some days (and nights), I suffer an aching sadness. But the deepest and most constant thought and emotion I have known these past months is the knowledge and conviction that in a different, superior, and infinitely more real realm, my father is very much alive and well.
Jesus reminds His disciples that those who believe in Him have eternal life. It's natural, even necessary, that we mourn for ourselves when we lose a loved one; but supernaturally (by faith), we also rejoice because the ones we love are gloriously alive and well, and because we know that one day, we will be perfectly and eternally reunited.
Prayer: When I feel hopeless and helpless, Jesus, You remain my sure hope and my unfailing help.