FRIDAY, FOURTH WEEK OF EASTERReading 1: Acts 13: 26-33 Paul continues his sermon in the Antioch synagogue, reminding the Jews how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. Gospel: Jn 14: 1-6 Jesus comforts his troubled apostles; he assures them that he is the way, and the truth, and the life.
OVERCOMING A TROUBLED HEART
In today’s gospel we listen to the farewell discourse of Jesus after the Last Supper. Jesus gives a general caution to his disciples about being troubled in heart. To be in trouble is one thing and to be troubled in heart is another. A person’s heart could be filled with troubles even when he has all types of material provisions and protections. Herod the Great, who was greatly troubled at the news of Christ’s birth, is an example. (cf. Mt 2:3).
On the other hand, a person could be at peace even in turbulent times. Paul and Silas are examples. (cf. Acts 16:25) They were bound with chains and put in prison. But their hearts were free to sing the praises of the Lord. Jesus’ caution is about being troubled in heart. The disciples would soon have reason to be disturbed; they would be left orphaned after the death of their Master, and probably persecuted as well. A spiritual dark night was awaiting them.
The first means to avoid being troubled in the heart is faith. Jesus says: “Believe in the Father, believe also in me.” Believe in the Father, who created heaven and earth; believe in his goodness and embrace him as the ultimate goal of your life. And believe in the son, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
The second means to overcome a troubled heart is hope, the hope that we have an eternal abode. Our life does not end with the joys and sorrows of this world. The present troubles are only temporary. The Master has overcome the world (cf. Jn 16:33) and so will his disciples have the power to do so.
Jesus Christ and his followers share the same place in the eternal abode of the Father (cf. Jn 14:3). The house of the Father is the house of the son, and the house of the son is going to be house of all those who believe in him, as he himself promises. The Father, the son and the believers shall share the same eternal abode.
Resp. Psalm: Ps 2: 6-11 You are my son. It is I who have begotten you this day
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