Jesus Has Been There, Too


This afternoon, I posted one of Catholic New York’s website features—a column titled Word to Life—that highlights the Sunday scripture readings.  The column referred to the reading for this Sunday, 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14, where it says, “”How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen!”


I am not sure about you, but sometimes I feel that way, too.  Like I pray and pray for help but no help seems to come.  I say “seems to” because God is always there with us.  Whenever I am going through a rough patch, I try to remember that there were times when even Jesus felt that way.  Just think of what he said while on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Every time I am suffering in some way, I try to remember that Jesus knows what it is like.  He has been through suffering as well. 


Just think of Jesus’ own life…his father, Joseph, likely died before him; one of his friends betrayed him for money; and he was tortured and put to death.  Jesus knows.  He knows pain and suffering.  And he is with there, right there, when we are suffering and in pain as well.  I try to take comfort in that fact when things in my life feel out of control or hard. 


That knowledge helps me out a lot on my own faith journey, and I hope that by knowing Jesus is there with you, never to abandon you, helps you on yours as well.


If you’d like to see the column, “Word to Life,” visit the “Our Faith” section at



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