In today’s Gospel reading from John 17, we are privy to Jesus’ prayer for his disciples. In hearing it, we realise that the Christian is not free from the trials and tribulations of life that affect all humans to some degree. The Christian life is not all sunshine and roses. Jesus’ prayer is specifically that the disciples will be protected from the evil one as they remain in the world. In fact, as believers we can expect trouble to come our way. The good news is that Christ is with us in the struggle.