For several years, a woman had been having trouble getting to sleep at night.
The reason was that she feared burglars (thieves).
One night her husband heard a noise in the house, so he went downstairs to investigate.
When he got there, he did find a burglar.
“Good evening,” said the man of the house. “I am pleased to see you.
>> Come upstairs and meet my wife. She has been waiting 10 years to meet you.”
“Anticipating troubles” is one of the greatest troubles that is faced by people!
It is said that “If pleasures are the greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.”
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus warning us of this danger of increased anxiety levels and troubled moments and instead invites to lead a life of peace.
>> Jesus says in Jn 14: 27, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”
The context of this statement of Jesus is the discourse at the Last Supper.
Jesus informs of his imminent going away from the disciples, which made them sad and anxious.
• They had placed their hopes in Him.
• They had offered their lives to Him.
But His announcement of departure caused worry and anxiety to the disciples.
But Jesus, who knows their hearts and gauges their emotions assures them, ” Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give it to you” (Jn 14:27)
The disciples entered into an anxiety-mode as their hearts got wearied with what was to come immediately.
>> But Jesus invites them to go beyond such peripheral worries, and be assured of a peace that comes as a result of trusting in Him, the Lord of all future!
• When one is imprisoned in the immediate worries of life, one fails to enjoy the true freedom of peace and joy
• When one is landlocked amidst the borders of impending fears and troubles of life, one is unable to move out to experience real inner tranquility and serenity
Are we finding ourselves often in situations, when our “hearts are troubled” (Jn 14:27b) and as a result, “troubled to the point of losing sleep?”
Jesus, the Master Doctor of hearts, is ready with remedies…
• He would give us the tablet of His peace which would subside our fears
• He would give us the tonic of His soothing Word which would calm our troubles
Troubles will, without any doubt, always haunt us…
>> Problems will, for sure, often beset us…
But we need to grow in our understanding that in all this, Jesus, is in perfect control of our lives.
Let not the “burglar of anxiety and trouble” steal away all our peace and joy in life!
Instead, May Jesus, the Master of our hearts, take complete charge of our lives
>> In Him, we shall experience fervent joy.
>> In Him, we shall live with true peace.
Today is the First of May.
>> The Church commemorates St Joseph, the Worker.
We look up to St Joseph, the Worker, who was able to fulfil the duties entrusted to him, with a sense of immense trust and faith in the Lord.
As St. Alphonsus Liguori says, “We should, indeed, honour St. Joseph, since the Son of God Himself was graciously pleased to honour him by calling him father.
>> If the King of kings was pleased to raise Joseph to so high a dignity, it is right and obligatory on our part to endeavour to honour him as much as we can!”
Let us seek the intercession of St Joseph, who was able to fulfill the duties entrusted to him, with a sense of immense trust and faith in the Lord…
… in order to seek for the higher and heavenly longings of life!
Happy Feast of St Joseph, the Just Worker in God’s Plan of Redemption.
>> Glorious Blessings of Jesus, his Precious Child – the Way, the Truth and the Life
>> Heavenly Intercessions of Mary – his loving Spouse and our affectionately protecting Mother
God Bless! Live Jesus!