Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter
(Acts 19:1-8; John 16:29-33)
Garrison Keillor tells the story of preparations for snow storms in the Minnesota town where he grew up. He says that at the beginning of the school year children from the country were assigned “snow parents” at whose houses they would spend the night if the busses were unable to take them home. The little Keillor was shown the house where he was to stay which he remembered because of a statue of the Virgin on its front lawn. One day, wishing to meet his would-be benefactors, he went to their home and introduced himself to the woman who answered the door as her “snow child.” The woman invited him to come in and to sit down. Then she brought him milk and cookies while she called her husband.
In such a harmonious way Jesus invites us to be his friends. As today’s gospel puts it, he will be our peace amidst the storms of the world’s ceaseless tensions and troubles. Staying close to him, we need not worry about loss of prestige or even life. He will keep us safe for eternal happiness. All we must do is to believe in him.