May 22, 2020
St. Rita of Cascia
'I Am With You'
Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.
These comforting words were given to Paul in a vision while he was in prison. Take them deep into your being today so they can become a part of the hum of your life. In a sense, we are all in prison--prisons of our own making. Unfortunately, we often find it difficult to trust that God is with us, to trust that God will get us through the prisons of our lives and into a better life.
The words, "I am with you," can serve as a comforting mantra following us throughout our day. We hear God speaking these words to many of our fearful biblical ancestors in both the Old and New Testaments. When Moses trembles at the thought of facing Pharaoh, God's answer to his fear is, "I will be with you." When Jesus commissions his disciples to go forth and teach all nations, his promise is to be with them until the end of time.
- Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B.
Acts 18:9-18|Psalm 47:2-7|John 16:20-23