Aside from a sampling of Gospel events, one commonality that strikes me is the theme of accompaniment. We need not be alone in our trials. Jesus is present with us. We also have companions who bring him along to our company.
The Holy Family Flees to Egypt (Matthew 2:13b-15a)
(A)n angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.
Image: American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1923. Some musical inspiration here.
Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
(W)hen evening had come, (Jesus) said to the (disciples), “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Jesus Reassures His Disciples (John 14:1-3)
(Jesus said to his disciples,) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”
Image: Duccio di Buoninsegna, Italian, ca 1310
Jesus Promises Paradise to the Thief (Luke 23:39-43)
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding (Jesus) and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Image: Nikolai Ge, Russian, 19th century
Jesus Entrusts Mary and the Beloved Disciple to Each Other (John 19:26-27)
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
Image: British painter William Dyce, mid-19th century
Holy Mary, pray for us now and in the time of our peril.