BE NOT AFRAID

Tuesday, 5th Week of Easter            

            As part of our reflection on today’s gospel reading, I’d like to invite you to get in touch with your hearts. Let us look into our hearts and try to see the things that are ‘troubling’ us. What are the things that you are afraid of?

            On a scale of 1-10, how troubled is your heart today? To be able to answer this question, you need to get in touch with yourselves first. You need to be aware of and recognize everything that makes you worried and bothered, fearful and anxious, stressed and distressed. Be it about your health, marriage, relationships. Be it about the security and safety of your family. Be it about your finances, job, career, business. Be it about failure, defeat, rejection, betrayal. What troubles your heart right now? Let us put our own troubles and fears on the surface and bring them before the presence of the Lord.

            “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid…” These words of the Lord are not meant to be a guarantee to us that we will not experience any difficulties or troubles in life. Our Lord, in fact, presumes that we will experience troubles. But his words are an assurance that whatever befalls us will ultimately turn to our good if we have faith in God and faith in him. This is a very important Easter lesson that we must take to heart.

            Let us focus on Jesus and not on our problems.

            Sometimes we say, “It is impossible.”  But Jesus says, “What is impossible for human beings is possible for God.”

            Sometimes we say, “I am too tired.” But Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

            Sometimes we say, “I am afraid.” But Jesus says, “Do not be afraid… I am with you.”

            Sometimes we say, “Nobody really loves me.” But we are told, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

            Sometimes we say, “I cannot go on.” But Jesus told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

            Sometimes we say, “I cannot do it.” But St. Paul said, “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.”

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