“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, 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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
How many times do we feel troubled? Exams are right around the corner. There are projects and papers to do, college to think about, and the list goes on. If your heart is troubled, confused, stressed or overwhelmed, you are in good company. We all feel that way. And in today’s Gospel, the disciples felt the same way.
Heaven is confirmed for us in Jesus’ statement: “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.” When He says: “I am the way and the truth and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me,” He means that our relationship with Jesus is the way to the Father.
We should all question: How is my relationship with Jesus? What can I do to strengthen that relationship? How can I know Him better? Like all relationships, it takes time and effort. Spend some extra time in prayer. Reflect on where you see God’s gifts in your life. Take your troubles to God and then listen. And then be patient and see how this plays out in your life.
-Mrs. Mary Michalski is a school counselor at St. Louis U. High.
Heavenly Father, help me believe that I am loved in spite of my ongoing incompetence, littleness, and brokenness. Help me remember that our brokenness is why you came. Help me not be afraid to come close to you, in any way, at any minute of the day or night.
—Heather King, from her book, Holy Desperation
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