Gospel Reading and Thoughts for May 18, 2014

Jesus teaching 4Gospel – John 14:1-12

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”

 

“Do not let your heart be troubled.” I think that some days I need this printed everywhere I look! God is reminding us that, big or small, God has our problems under control. Whether they are scheduling problems or health issues, difficult children or life changes, God already knows about them and He’s already worked out a solution. Now the tough part is to keep our hearts from being troubled – keeping our heart at peace and trusting in Him! But God can give us the graces we need to be able to get through our ups and downs. He can give us the peace in our hearts. We have but to ask for the strength we need from Him!

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