Do not let your hearts be troubled

We seem to live in unsettled and troubling times. Many people struggle to find steady work and a secure home for their families. Our country, and our world, seem unstable and divided. In the Church, too, it’s a time of uncertainty and uncomfortable change. We might be tempted to try to ignore the changing world around us, or to hark back nostalgically to a past that seems better.

At the Last Supper, Jesus’ disciples are troubled because they know that change is coming. Judas has already gone out into the night, to betray Jesus. Peter’s denial of Christ has been foretold. The disciples realise that the Lord will not be with them for much longer, and they fear for the future.

Jesus’ response to their fears is to tell them, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” He will suffer and die, but his Father will raise him up, and his Resurrection will bring salvation to the world. Only by putting our trust in Jesus can we find our way through a world that seems strange and confusing. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

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