Tuesday, April 11
Sarah Bonson
Class of 2017


God Gives Strength to His Faithful Servants


“Before birth , the Lord called me.” -Isaiah 49:1


How beautiful is the reality of the truth we hear in the first reading today? Before you were born, the Lord knew you and called you to be a faithful servant. Not only did the Lord fashion us, but He “shielded us by His hand” (Isaiah 49:2). The Lord cares deeply about His people, who were fashioned from His very heart in His image and sent to earth as His servants. In the work of His great mission, we are called to be a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6). In this mission, the Lord does not leave us. He gives strength to His children (Isaiah 49:5) and never abandons us. He did not even spare His only Son for us. Jesus, too, came to Earth as God’s servant. Through Jesus, the triune God is able to sympathize with our suffering and our triumphs. In the Gospel today, we hear that the fully human Jesus “was deeply troubled” (John 14:21) as He approached His betrayal and death on the cross. Despite His suffering to save us, Jesus’ disciples did not understand the mission or actions of Jesus, as we hear repeatedly in the Gospel (John 14:22, 24, 28). Though the purpose of Jesus’ mission seems obvious to us, the disciples did not understand what was going on in the moment. Even when we do not understand what God is asking us to do or why some things happen during our life on Earth, we will always have God as our “rock of refuge” (Psalm 71:3). From before the first moment of our earthly existence, the Lord has been our strength (Psalm 71:6). Though we may not always feel God’s presence or understand His work, He will never leave us alone.


Lord, help us to turn to You, our source of strength. Deliver us from our misunderstanding and teach us to be faithful servant in our time here on Earth. Amen.

Is 49:1-6              Ps 71: 1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15, 17          Jn 13: 21-33, 36-38