In our addictions, compulsions, and unhealthy attachments, we often viewed our sufferings and trials as happening to us unfairly. We played the victim and used the difficulties of life as an excuse to continue down the path of unhealthy behavior. However, in our recovery, we are given the gift to not only see our trials in light of God’s grace but also offer them in service to others. Christ urges us to unite our sufferings to Him in today’s Gospel reading, declaring, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” (John 16:33). Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us!
- What is an area of suffering in your life that you can offer for the service of others? Identify one person for whom you can ask Christ to unite your sufferings with His.
- During the height of our addiction and early recovery, we often feel like an impossible cause. How can Saint Rita’s story and today’s Gospel reading provide you with hope?
Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Acts 19:1-8
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab
Gospel: John 16:29-33
Reflection by Anna M.