Looking at our lives which have become heavy and restless due to tensions and anxieties, Jesus says: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me (Jn 13: 1). The realization that the Lord is with us as the protector in whom we can trust completely in all the moments of our lives is a great relief for our troubled hearts.
When I think only about myself and being too much concerned about what is mine, it will create trouble in our hearts. When I think only about my family, my job, my possessions etc, the ups and downs taking place in these areas will lead us into trouble. But if we are ready to acknowledge that my life and whatever I have is a gracious gift for me from God, we will be able to face all such situations with courage and confidence. St. Paul asks us: “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?” (1 Cor 4: 7).
Very often our prayers and the intercessions becomes merely a list of the things that we demand God to do for us. But if we present ourselves as we are to God and to pray for the fulfillment of God’s will in our lives, we will experience the mercy of God working in our lives in the way even beyond what we expected. When Lazarus became sick, his friends informed this news to Jesus in this way: “Lord, he whom you love is ill” (Jn 11: 3). They said this to Jesus expecting a miraculous healing from him. But Jesus blessed them beyond their expectations by raising Lazarus from death.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hands of God, so that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5: 6). Let us give all the pains and the sorrows of our lives into the hands of our Lord who is always caring for us with love. Then the Lord will do the great and the marvelous deeds for us which will surpass the human expectations. “Look out at the nations and pay attention! Be astounded! Be really astounded! Because something is happening in your life time that you won’t believe, even if it were described down to the smallest detail (Habakkuk 1: 5).
Fr Prince Chakkalayil CST