Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
8 May 2020

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.  The good news is that no matter who we are there is a place waiting for us in the kingdom.  As Christians we view life as a pilgrimage to the house of the Father – a journey home.  We need Jesus’ guidance on this earthly pilgrimage, because he is the way, and 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.  When in the anxiety of the present moment our focus narrows to the problems that hem us in on every side, his presence and his power give us encouragement and strength. However desperate our situation, faith in Jesus Christ will break the grip that cares and worries exercise upon us.  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.  The response of Christ to Philip’s longing to see the face of God, is food for thought.  Is it not true that because we are spiritually in a state of dim awareness we often fail to recognize Jesus for whom he really is?  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.”