*Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled.* (Homily for April 27, 2018). “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me… I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 14:1-6.
Today, Jesus beautifully assures us: “let not your hearts be troubled.” We may wonder, is it possible to prevent one’s heart from being troubled? The answer is what follows next: “Believe in God, believe also in me.” Whenever we are really worried about anything, it is an indication of how much faith we have; big faith equals small worries but small faith equals big worries. And you know, life will always give us reasons to be worried, there is no one in this world who has everything in perfect order. Why? We are not yet at home, we are strangers passing through a foreign land.
This is why Jesus speaks of the Father’s house saying in it, there are many rooms. It is only when we get to the Father’s house in heaven that we can have a life without anything to worry about. For now, the world will give us reasons to worry but even at that, let us hold on to our Faith in God and in his Son Jesus Christ.
Whenever I am having a very tough time, I imagine myself in a reality show with God and the angels watching me. I think of Job, how Satan obtained permission to test him and I tell myself “this too shall pass.” Tough times come our way was tests. Like a child running a race in the school inter-house-sports, take it that God is standing by the side line cheering you up if you do not give up in times of trial.
Believe that God knows, God sees, God understands, God cares and always wants the best for you. Believe that Jesus who once lived in human flesh and experienced every single possible emotion you now experience perfectly understands what you are going through.
Consider what St. Paul is saying in the first reading. Jesus Christ was persecuted by a people he came to save, a people who were anxiously expecting a Messiah, and even though they did not recognise Jesus as the long awaited Messiah, by their very actions, they helped bring to fulfilment all that the prophets of old said about Jesus. #catholic #faith #jesus #believe #hope #special