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It can be really, really hard to be alone. We can find ourselves, or hear from others, about how hard it is. Consider Elijah, who despite being the vehicle for many miracles for the people, fails to convince them of God’s supremacy. He prays for death. He has lost hope. Even Jesus had moments where he was alone, such as when he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his crucifixion.
But these two events are strikingly different in one important aspect. Elijah receives comfort from an angel sent from God. Jesus is comforted because he is assured he is not really alone, but is with the Father. When it is the case we feel alone, there are times we can be like Elijah, worn out, tired, ready to give up.
The invitation is to see ourselves more in the situation of Jesus. His agony was real, but his faith that he was in the presence of the Father helped him to bear it.
So too can it be for us. When we are aware we are always in the holy presence of God in every aspect of our lives, even though being alone is tough, it can be endured with God’s grace.
Of course, it is not the case that the only recourse should be the awareness of God’s grace, as powerful and magnificent as that is. Rather, it should be the case that we can count on others too. Even Jesus brought his closest disciples with him, even though they did not prove to be much help. Our visits to people that are alone can be quite powerful indeed. The pandemic, however, has made this much harder in some cases, or even impossible. People have suffered alone, and even if they receive a phone call we all know that is not the same as being physically present to others. We know this suffering is continuing in too many parts of the world. As we continue this Rosary Marathon, let us pray for all people who live alone and those who have lost hope.
Today’s Intention: For all people who live alone and those who have lost hope.