“It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me;
but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;
and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.”
Jn 10: 23-30
This is what we want to believe: that whatever happens, we will be safe, that we will be OK. But that isn’t quite what Jesus is saying. He’s saying that whatever happens, we will never be parted from him; that when we are in hazardous situations, he will be there with us. Ultimately all will be well, but in the meantime there could be, probably will be, many a rough patch. The love of God will sustain us throughout. Oh to believe that when things are grim.
Oh God, relieve me of my unbelief and grant me the courage to persevere through the tough times, safe in the knowledge that you are with me, that thy rod and thy staff will comfort and strengthen me.
The Lord is My Shepherd