Pastoral Reflections by Staff of St Joseph

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Sandra Hernandez

I consider myself a “Cradle Catholic.” I was born into Catholicism and like many of us who are born into Catholicism, we sometimes celebrate our religion by memory, it becomes automatic. We pray without thinking of the words we are saying. We hear the readings and Gospels without truly listening to the words.

The words in today’s Gospel are so familiar, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” “Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid.” These are beautiful words, but if you take the time to really understand this Gospel, they are also comforting words.

Jesus says “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling within him.” This means if we love Jesus, and follow his words, our love is returned by him and is within us. This love is the source of the peace Jesus speaks of, because we have God’s love within us. We are not alone…ever. This is why we should not let our hearts be troubled or afraid, because we can take a deep breath and leave our problems in God’s hands.

I have, in the past, left my troubles in God’s hands and while things were not always easy, I have learned something from every good or bad circumstance that life has thrown at me. The most important thing I have learned is that I can trust that God will take my life in the direction it should go, and that I am never alone.