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“Don’t worry, Be happy” was the title of a song made popular several years ago by Bobby McFerrin. From my rather biased perspective the lyrics of this song were just this side of insipid. They encouraged a relaxed “don’t worry about anything” attitude without offering a reason why we shouldn’t worry. A superficial reading of today’s Gospel could give one the impression that Jesus is advocating a similar approach to life when he told his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” The fact is though, that Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled because he is “the way, the truth and the life” and he is “going to prepare a place for us”, so that he “ will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”
Jesus goes on to tell us the reason we can trust his words is because “The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.” Jesus is clear that if we have trouble believing his words, his works should convince us to trust in him and not let our hearts be troubled.
We continue reading from the Acts of the Apostles for our first reading this Sunday. As the early community of disciples continued to grow, “the twelve” didn’t think it was right “to neglect the word of God to serve at table.” They suggested that the community “select from among you seven reputable men, filled with Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task,” We identify these men as the first deacons in the early church.
Again this Sunday our second reading is taken from the first Letter of Saint Peter. In the section we read this Sunday, Paul reminds us that we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Questions for Discussion/Reflection:
1. When has your heart been troubled?
2. Did your faith help you to find peace when your heart was troubled?
3. Have you ever thought of yourself and being “chosen?”