Making It Real – Br. Lain Wilson

John 14:1-6

We all have moments when our hearts our troubled, the kind that makes our guts churn, saps our resolve, and makes us turn inward.

We mess up. We fail. Like Peter, in the passage before today’s Gospel, we make lofty promises—“Lord, I will lay down my life for you”—only to fall short.

Or we look at what is going on around us—in our community, in our country, in the world—and we despair. We despair at our helplessness and powerlessness, at all that we know to be wrong but that is beyond us to rectify.

We are limited, fallible, frail creatures.

And that is why what Jesus says to us today is so important. “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (Jn 14:1). He promises to these limited, fallible, frail creatures a place with him in his Father’s house.

When someone says to you, “Don’t worry, no problem, it’ll be fine,” do you believe them? Do you believe this assurance was true? Or, like being told not to think about the pink elephant in the corner, do you end up focusing more and more on everything that troubles you?

The difference here is that God is speaking this assurance. It is God saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” It is God speaking. And when God speaks, God acts: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made. . . . For he spoke, and it came to pass” (Ps 33:6, 9). So when God says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” God is enacting it, making it real. Jesus tells us to believe in the Father, and to believe in him—and that this assurance is true.

God is always speaking to us—in word and image, relationship and experience, memory and imagination. God is always speaking to us, and it’s up to us to learn how to listen. What makes this word real to you? Amid all that troubles your heart—what makes you believe that peace and quietude are possible? How is God speaking this word of assurance into your heart? What makes God’s word real and true for you today?

Amen.

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4 Comments

  1. Emma on April 26, 2024 at 08:06

    Yes. I like the idea that we have a responsibility here. Listening isn’t automatic or easy.

  2. JoAnn on April 26, 2024 at 07:52

    Thank you Brother Lain for reminding us of God’s assurance, for opening my ears.

  3. Julianne Lindemann on April 26, 2024 at 07:04

    This assurance is true, indeed! The Spirit deep within us vouchsafes this truth and speaks to us of this and all God’s truths. Trust the Spirit that guides us into all truth. Trust and rejoice in the steadfast love, joy and peace of God.

  4. Diane Petrak on May 12, 2023 at 09:21

    I love this truth: “God is always speaking to us, and it’s up to us to learn how to listen.” It truly is up to each of us to be attentive, present and open to receiving God’s messages…however they come. We are invited to learn new ways of “hearing” God throughout our lives, and we are blessed when we approach the Lord with sincere desire and a teachable spirit.

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