5th Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
12 May 2017

On the eve of his departure from this world, Jesus bids farewell to his disciples who are frightened by the prospect of loneliness and loss of leadership. Calming their anxiety, he tells them not to be troubled by his absence because he has gone off to prepare a home for them in his Father’s house. As Christians we view life as a pilgrimage to the house of the Lord, a journey home. Access to the Father is along a narrow road where there is little comfort and a lot of hard work. Jesus travelled it and to negotiate it properly we need his guidance. He is the way, the truth and the life. In every trial of life he is the person who helps us make that leap of faith which points us to our destination. If we really believe in this promise of Christ ~ not to let our hearts be troubled ~ a lot of the hustle and bustle will go out of our lives. It is difficult to hear the gentle whispering of the voice of God in a world of activity and noise unless we develop pockets of silence where we can unclutter our minds and hearts. Only when we find the space and time each day to experience the presence of God in prayer can we look with understanding at the past and with hope and confidence to the future. Then we will begin to know the peace and joy he meant us to have when he said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”