I’ve found myself attracted to photographing water reflections lately. Smooth water surfaces enhance the quality of the reflection and lend an atmosphere of calm to the image. Rougher waters confer a sense of energy to the image.
Our gospel readings during the Easter season have been largely from the farewell discourse of John’s gospel: an account of the conversation Jesus had with his disciples about his imminent departure and their future as his disciples.
The words of Jesus contain a mixture of peace and energy, both calmness and a realistic call to courage during trials. He calls the disciples to unity and peace, but he also tells them they will share his persecution and cross.
Of all the things Jesus could have left them with, he chose to give them the courage and peace that comes from his abiding presence with them. As disciples of the same Lord, we too have claim to the peace and courage of Christ, especially when we feel challenged or in turmoil. His promise is eternally true.
“In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)