As the entire human family experiences the COVID-19 crisis, questions linger in our minds like the one Thomas asked: “How can we know the way?” How can we know the way when a loved one or friend dies: when death shatters our world and nothing makes sense anymore? How can we know the way when life gives us what we never asked for?
After hearing that story about Sara, I was thinking she knows what Thomas and we do not. She knows the way and she is ok, and that explains the smile on her face. That explains the peace and comfort she enjoys.
Dear friends, I invite you to step into the scene of today's Scripture, as Jesus breaks the news to his disciples that He has only hours left to live on this earth. Jesus is comforting and consoling his friends saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled!”
Can you hear Jesus whispering the same words of comfort in your ears as you listen to the Word of God?
Many of us are troubled by the situations we face in this pandemic. We feel helpless. Can we trust God to show the way to our leaders, our caregivers, those who lost loved ones or are facing death themselves? Can we trust Him to show us the way to get necessities and find new jobs or return to old ones? Can we trust Him to give us patience and can we accept His consolation as Sara did?
Lord Jesus, strengthen our belief in you and your promise to show us the way so that our hearts will be less troubled as we look forward to your promise of eternal life in the place you are preparing for us. Amen.
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About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!