Once Pope St. John Paul II said that Jesus is the cure for our aching. Many of us are like the rich man in the Gospel according to St. Mark (Ref. Mark 10:17-31). The rich man was very excited to follow the Lord; but when he hears the cost, he walks away sad, because he knows that it will cost him everything. Likewise, it can be intimidating for some to follow Christ and so they want to stay in their comfort zones. The question that rises in our mind is, “If I walk with Jesus, how do I know it is worth the trouble?” Pope Benedicts XVI said once: “Are we not afraid in some way?… If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that he might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant … something that makes life beautiful? No… only in his friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in his friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed”.
The Holy Bible declares the truth that the heart of Our Father in Heaven thinks only of our happiness. Here is the promise He made to the Prophet Isaiah: “You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My delight is in her … for The Lord delights in you …” (Isaiah 62:3-4). Jesus makes us a similar promise in the Gospel according to St. John, “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Pope St. John Paul II said, “Jesus is the answer to our ache for full life! Our ache for happiness, our ache for freedom …” Whatever we learn from the Bible or from the Popes, some persons might not be convinced of this truth; they are reluctant to trust in Jesus. But when we take the risk and say yes to Christ, we become most fully alive. He promises happiness that goes beyond what money or any earthly power can offer. We will gain inexplicable peace. Even with all our imperfections, all our flaws, we will become alive. This is the life that Jesus assures, when He says, “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly”.
God bless you
Fr. Arul Joseph V.