“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

The gospel for Friday (Jn 14:1-6) happened to be the lead-up to Thursday’s gospel since we had a special feast day celebration that day.   Jesus tells the apostles here during the Last Supper (in John this episode runs from chapters thirteen through seventeen) that He will be preparing places for them in the Father’s house and will be back to take them there.  When Thomas asks Him where He is going and the way there, Jesus says that He Himself is the way, the truth, and the life.  This extremely consoling discourse begins with the words in the headline.  Jesus had just finished telling of His betrayal (after which Judas left to do his dastardly deed) soon followed up by his foretelling of Peter’s three-fold denial.  So the apostles were very much in need of these timely and consoling words.  And we are in need of them as well.  What troubles us today?  Anxiety over matters out of our control?  Physical suffering we have endured for a long time?  Spiritual dryness that makes God feel far away or maybe non-existent?  Jesus wants us to focus each day on our ultimate goal: union with the Trinity in heaven.  What are we doing in these few moments of our lives (in relation to eternity) to gain this place prepared for us?  Jesus gives us the key: Himself.  He is the way, the truth, the life.  Learn the way, obey the truth, so as to gain life eternal.

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