|by Angela Lambert|
May 14th, 2017; 5th Sunday of Easter
Gospel of John 14:1-12
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Do not let my heart be troubled? Jesus knows what it’s like to work, to have family, to experience crises. He should know the stress we encounter. How can He order such a thing?
Then I remember, I say the same thing to my loved ones. I remind them that everything will be okay. We can get through anything together and that I am here for them. Jesus assures us that He is near and that He cares. When we cry out to God, “where are you?!”, “how can you let this happen?!”, “do you see or care?!”. He answers, yes. Jesus tells us, that He and the Father are one. If we wrestle with whether God cares about our struggles, we need look no further than Jesus. Christ witnesses the Father’s love. A love that isn’t remote or detached. Rather, an immanent, incarnate, self-sacrificing, and eternal love.
When Christ says, “everything will be okay,” we can trust Him. Many of the apostles doubted as Jesus hung on the Cross and died. His mission appeared extinguished and their hopes dashed. They reeled in confusion and fear. We too can experience times like this. When God allows suffering without revealing His reason, our faith gets tested – we either succumb to the confusion and fear like most of the apostles, or we remain with Him at the Cross like Mary and John. Mary and John remained because they loved Jesus unconditionally. They trusted Him when all visible signs were removed. The more we draw near to Christ and develop our relationship with Him, the stronger our trust will be in times of darkness. The saints experienced unshakable peace because they cooperated with grace and reached a state of total surrender to the Lord.
St. Teresa of Avila, declared a doctor of the Church, composed this beautiful prayer which describes this union:
|Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices. — St. Teresa of Avila|
In His Father’s house there are many rooms, and one especially prepared for you by Christ. Trust in His love, Trust His Wisdom, Trust His Goodness…and let nothing trouble your hearts, that His Peace may be with you always.
- When have you experienced the peace of Christ? After Mass, in praying with Scripture, in nature, through other Christians?
- Consider the fears and anxieties you carry. Lay them before the Lord in prayer and surrender them. Consider the power of Christ to provide, the love of Christ which motivates Him, and the faithfulness of Christ who remains near us in every trial.
- In what areas of your life do you trust God completely? In what areas do you rely on yourself or conventional wisdom rather than Him?
Make a Resolution (Practical Application):
- Choose your biggest worry. Begin and end each day surrendering it to God in prayer.
- Pray the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila each day this week.
- We make an act of trust in God when we tithe. If you do not tithe already, begin this week. If you tithe already but feel called to tithe more (10% is the commonly suggested amount), prayerfully make a financial act of trust in the Lord.
- Pray Psalm 23 each day this week.
|Why do you trust Jesus Christ? Post in the comments section below!|
- Being a Worrier, or a Wildflower
- Behold I Make All Things New…
- How can God be both Justice and Mercy?
- Let Go and Let God
- God’s Concern for Our Real, Everyday Problems
~ Written by Angela Lambert © 2017
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