"Do not let your hearts be troubled": practical advice from the Lord

(Jn 14:1)
From Fr. John Mary:


Are there times in your life when you have been troubled? Deeply troubled? Are you maybe troubled now?

Jesus is speaking these words to His apostles at the Last Supper, when they are already troubled and about to be shaken to the core. How could He tell them not to be troubled?

Have you ever had a time when you were worried and someone said to you, “Don’t worry. It’ll be fine”. And you thought, That’s easy for you to say; it’s not your problem. Or maybe that they didn’t really understand the situation. But this is different. Jesus does understand the situation. He is not ignoring reality. In fact, He has been trying for some time to awaken them to the trial that is coming.

And they couldn’t say: “That’s easy for you to say. It’s not your problem.” Because it is His much more than theirs.

So what can we learn from this about when we are troubled?

He doesn’t say: “Just believe in yourself. Think positive.” He needs to give his friends very concrete, practical instructions on what to do right now. What is that?

“Believe in God. Believe also in Me.” (Jn 14:1)

Why? Because He Himself is

“the Way, and the Truth and the Life.” “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn 14:6)

In the midst of the danger and dark confusion, where wrong steps may be disastrous, someone needs to guide us on the way. He Himself is the Way.
So what can we do, concretely?

When we are troubled, and overwhelmed and tormented by so many thoughts, we can choose and try to turn our attention to Jesus, to look to Him. St. John Paul II said, “the Church’s fundamental function ..., is to direct man’s gaze, ... toward the mystery of Christ.”

True, even that may not be easy. But just the effort to do so is a step in the right direction. And to help us do so, the Lord has given us tangible, easy helps. Like the blessed Image of Divine Mercy.

So one very simple, practical thing we can do is to get a copy of the Image, have it blessed, and put it in a prominent place. And then when we are troubled, look at it. That act is already one way of making an act of faith in Him. And what do we see in the Image?

Not a scene of something that happened a long time ago. But of our Risen Lord Jesus, looking at you, now.

And not just looking at you, but radiating His grace and mercy on you. Giving His help to you.

And to make it even more helpful, the Image comes with very simple “instructions” on how to make an act of faith: “Jesus, I trust in YOU.” Jesus is THE TRUTH.

He doesn’t comfort us by hiding the truth, but by leading us to the fullness of Truth. “I have said this to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but take heart. I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16,33)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. ... Believe in Me” 
“Jesus, I trust in YOU”

Br. Mikael