I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In
the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have
conquered the world. John 16:33
At all the masses since Easter we have been working our way through the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of Saint John. The theme is consistent, and culminates in the Lord’s statement to the Apostles: “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
The Lord makes clear to us that He is with us through the gift of the Spirit, and that he does not abandon us. He reminds us that we will be challenged and have difficulty in the world, and that we should not see adversity as punishment, but rather as something which unites us to the Lord and His offering on the cross.
I have included here the symbol of the Carthusian Order. It is a Triumphant Cross, it represents Christ’s triumph over the world.
In prayer, especially when we contemplate the mystery, we are to take comfort in the Faith that our Lord has conquered evil and death, and that His Cross remains firm as the world turns [Stat Crux dum volvitur orbis].
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan