What, Me Worry?

John 14: 1-6
Acts 13:26-33 / Psa 2:6-11

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” (John 14:1)

Constant worries keep us in chains,
Only faith in God sets us free;
No discord or evil remains
When we trust the Lord completely.

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 and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 1-6)

Reflection

Jesus had just humbled Himself before His apostles in a most shocking way – by washing their feet during their last supper (Jn.13:5). After this, He dispatched Judas, whom He knew would betray Him (13:30). Then, as He was giving His parting words for His apostles to love one another, Peter, the leader of His apostles, would make a declaration that Jesus knew he could not keep – “I will lay down my life for you.”(37) In such a setting, this must have been the lowest point in our Lord’s life before His passion, and yet He was the one trying to comfort and give encouragement to His apostles. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Being omniscient, Jesus knew the kind of terror that would take hold of His apostles once He was taken away from them, so He was giving them the assurance that in the end they would be well taken care of. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.” They would cling to this hope.

Women, by nature, are more prone to anxiety and worry than men. They worry about their children, their weight (or figure), finances, the plumbing, the schedule of activities, they even worry about the weather. For most of our 43 years together, I’ve always told my wife not to worry, and lately, within hearing distance, I joke with our friends, saying, “What, me worry? No sir, my wife does that for me.” Joking aside, being anxious about something that we are not sure will happen is really an unnecessary preoccupation. It only shows our lack of faith or trust in God our Father, Who looks after all our needs. Jesus reminds us that only the unbelievers worry about material things. He said, “Your heavenly Father knows what you need. But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” (Mt.6:32-34)

There must be a purpose why God allowed worrying to be part of the human psyche. I believe it is there to trigger our minds to pray. Whenever we are troubled or feel anxious, prayer is always the best recourse. However, if our prayer is half-hearted, and we do not fully trust that God will come across for us in our troubles, then all our worries are for naught. If you have not yet done so, may I suggest that you join a praying community. Most, if not all the members of our Brotherhood have attested that our renewal community has helped greatly in alleviating their anxieties in life. Our community is our support group. Alone, I cannot cross the raging waters, but locking arms with my brothers and sisters, all of us can overcome the tide and safely reach the other side. We thank God that we are members of His prayerful flock.

Father most loving, because of Your great compassion we find comfort in the thought that our Lord Jesus has prepared accommodations for us in Your home, and as long as we remain faithful to Him and His Word, our hearts will never be troubled. Amen.

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