“Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled” by Lisa Valentino, Fiat Ventures

5th Sunday of Easter

These past few weeks as we have been in our homes and doing school virtually as well as Mass and visiting with friends, and adjusting to this new “temporary” way of life;  one thing has become clear to me; “none of this is easy.”  I am a person who loves being around others, one who loves to get out and do! I am also someone who is known to get anxious, especially when it comes to the unknown and things I cannot control.

Some days have been easier and others more challenging as I am sure many of you are experiencing as well. The Gospel this week speaks volumes to all of us during this unprecedented time and even after.

The first words Jesus speaks are; “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” He goes on to speak about having faith in Him and that He is going to prepare a place for us and that He will come back again and take us to Himself so that where He is, we may also be. Wow, just wow! What more could we ever want or need? Jesus tells us to trust and believe wholly that He has this, and He always has us!

This statement the Lord makes is not enough for Philip who asks Jesus to show him the Father and then he will be satisfied. I feel like Philip often in my life, Lord show me one more miracle, answer one more prayer and then I will have deeper faith, then I will trust and spend more time on our relationship.

What more do you need to see and believe fully? Are you like me at times? One miracle or answered prayer away from true faith and a “yes”? This time and indeed this Gospel give us much to think about and reflect on when it comes to this.

I encourage all reading this to take the Lords words to heart and to know that we can place all of our doubts and fears and anxieties with Jesus. When we do this the troubles of our hearts are lessened, and we feel the Lords presence and love within us.

Spend some time with Jesus daily. The truth is that God does indeed dwell within us, which means that He is always with us. Then when Jesus asks us “Have I been with you all this time and you still do not know me?” We can answer with confidence and say; “Lord not only do I know you, but I love you and want to know you even better. “

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