Friday 4th Week of Lent
John 7: 1-2,10,25-30.
Courage is the fruit of the Holy Spirit,
a gift we all received in Confirmation.
Like all fruits and the Holy Spirit, courage comes from the heart of Jesus.
It is the strength to stand up against any opposition.
Jesus experienced this strength
as he entered Jerusalem before his passion.
It’s as if he’s a marked man.
Some religious leaders are calling for his life
and even the crowds recognize this.
Yet, Jesus speaks openly in the temple area.
Behind courage and its strength is peace.
Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit
that graces us when we remain true
to our commitments.
Jesus remained true to his commitment
to preach the gospel under any circumstance.
His courage came from the knowledge
that he did not work on his own
but was sent by his Father.
“I did not come on my own… God sent me.”
Courage is the strength of the Holy Spirit in our hearts
to remain true to Jesus in the face of any opposition.
It’s amazing how much strength comes from peace.
Like Jesus, countless martyrs faced death
in every conceivable way,
drawing strength from being true to Jesus and the Gospel.
Peace of heart and the strength that comes with it
is the needle of our compass
that points always to the Father’s will;
always seeking to please him alone.
Go to that peace.
Embrace it with all your heart.
Follow its lead in what to say
and do in all the circumstances of life.
That peace may be your strength in a situation
you are in right now.
Being true to God gives us peace.
And peace is the foundation that courage is built upon.