- Fr. Howard Thompson
What troubles your heart? Our inability to be at peace may sometimes stem from the very things that give turbulence to our hearts. Some of these can include: a parent unable to take control of a child’s behaviour; a spouse who loses trust because of the flirtatious ways of the other; a teacher who watches a prized student destroy a promising future because of drugs; a friend who experiences pain because of the manifestations of mental illness in the other; a family concerned about the lack of finances; the possible impact of COVID-19 on self and others; and coping with the death of our family and friends. The above are but a few examples of, but not limited to, realties that disturb the heart. If we reflect on these issues in prayer, we will see that many are outside of our control. Jesus tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (Jn. 14:1), but have faith in Him. At some point, we all have to ask if we have matured in our faith. When times are good, we speak about God’s power, sing His praise and raise our hands to glorify Him. Can we put into practice these same actions when times are bad and our hearts are troubled? Jesus our life (Jn. 14:6) will never abandon us. Today, have faith in His love and power, and be at peace. Lord Jesus, we believe that You are the way, truth and life. Help us to have faith in You at all times, so that our trust in You may yield peaceful hearts and joyful spirits. Amen.