Are Your Hearts Troubled?
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house (Jn 14: 1-12)
In his homily, Fr. Dom asked the congregation “ How many would like to go to heaven?” Almost all did. The he asked “How many would like to go to heaven today?” Few raised their hands.
He said, this week Jesus is consoling us; telling us to trust God and trust in Him. Fr. Dom explained that our hearts are troubled because we worry about our past and our future. We look into our past mistakes feeling regrets; we look into the future feeling helpless and anxious. We fail to live in the present and take one day at a time.
C. S Lewis quotes:
“Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment… The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.“
In the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien presents Galadriel as the Lady of the Light and she represents Mary as Queen. When the Fellowship loses hope in their quest; Galadriel offers her wisdom:
“Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thought of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that each of you will tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not know them.” And so it will prove. When the time comes the path will be clear for each one of them.“
And so will our paths too. All the needless worries will come to pass too. Fr. Dom explained further, that all we need to do is believe in Christ because He is the way, the truth and life. Lay our fear and hopes in Him. For the past few weeks, the readings have all been about the heart. We need to get our hearts right. We need to set our hearts towards heaven. Jesus promises us that there is enough room for us in heaven for all of us. It is something to look forward too; to meet our loved ones who have gone before us. Our passage here is only temporary and all things will come to pass.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. . ”2 Corinthians 4:18