Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
— St. Therese of Lisieux
Our Lord is preparing a place for us. Why, because God really does love us. Our Lord wants all who will listen to his invitation that they are desired for the Kingdom of God that is now and the Kingdom of God to come.
Yes, we live in a world of mass shootings, of nuclear weapons, global warming, increased hatred because of religion, ethnicity, and even social status. Yes, we live in a world of man-made toxins, antibiotic-resistant germs and economic instability. But still we should not let our hearts be troubled. God does keep His word. The Holy Spirit is here now, with us, seeking to guide us, and comforting us when we allow the Spirit into our lives in spite of all which seems so threatening.
Since we live in such difficult days, should we not seek to make it a little better by our own actions as well as what the Holy Spirit is doing? Is not the best way to win against spiritual desolation to do contrary to how it makes us feel? Instead of increasing our worry about ourselves, let us seek to make those little sacrifices St. Therese calls upon us to make. Offer smiles to frowns, offer worlds of love and peace in place of those who words spoken from ego and hate, and look for small ways to make the lives of others better.
Our Lord will come for us soon enough, either through the end of days or the end of our days. Our Lord will come and take us to the place prepared. It is there we will finally see the good our little sacrifices have done. Until then, just by our desire to live contrary to the direction this world wants to take us we will find places of consolation and joy. Amen.