Jesus Is the Way
All of us at some time or another experience times of anxiety and anguish, but if “being troubled” becomes habitual, then we live in a state of captivity. Day after day we can allow ourselves to be enslaved by negative thoughts and emotions. The COVID-19 outbreak can certainly paralyze us. In the Gospel today Jesus says: “do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God, have faith also in me.” Amidst the “troubled times” in our life we must have faith in God. We must turn toward Jesus who says: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” We must not become enslaved by the negativism and anxiety but liberated by the hope and life offered us through Jesus Christ.
When people move or are transferred to a new job, this brings anxiety. Sometimes even priests have anxiety as they are asked to move from one parish to another. This is natural, and parishioners also feel similar anxiety when the priest they know is leaving. What each of us must do, when change brings stress and anxiety, is to give it to Jesus. He said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves” (Matthew 11:28-29).
St. Paul reminds us in the 2nd reading today that “we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own.” If we are chosen and so very special to God, He’ll take care of us. He is the way, we just need to cast our cares upon Him who cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). As we continue our journey toward intentional discipleship, let us give our lives, and especially the stresses and anxieties, entirely over to Jesus. Peace.
P.S. We, the parish staff, together with our deacons and their wives, extend to all mothers a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day.