Grace to you and Happy Easter!
Waiting rooms at heart hospitals are one of the most anxious places to be. As families and friends wait for the news of the diagnostics after a heart attack, the dominant moods are nothing to be desired. Ominous faces. Sad looks. Depressing spirits. Long silences.
“Is she going to be okay?” “Is everything going to be all right?” Questions fly back and forth, while some who may not have prayed in a long time dust their bibles, rosaries or other religious items and struggle to lift their hearts in prayers. Overall, waiting for the news after a heart attack is always tense.
Why is it the case? One of the reasons may be the gripping power of the sudden end of life and the fear that the worst could happen. Not even the stoics, those ancient philosophers who act as if they had no emotions, could stand the shock of hopelessness before the power of death or sudden change in the health situation for a loved one.
Suppose, the cardiologist comes with good news, “We caught it in time and after a few surgeries, she will be okay.” Faces are brightened and smiles take the stage. If the news isn’t so good, the doctor says, “It’s a rare case, I will advise you to keep hope alive while we do our best.”
You will observe family and friends holding on to different sources of hope. Providentially, a fellow patient walks out of the clinic after his routine check-up and observes the sullen faces of the family. He decides to find out what is going on. At first, nobody would talk, but when they realized he had been a heart attack survivor, they opened up to him.
He seemed more positive than the picture of the dooms day the family is painting. Gradually, he takes up the entire discussion, explaining that he is a survivor. “I have been there before. I survived it.” He goes on and on with details of how his case was so complicated, but by sheer hope, trust in God and the expertise of the doctors, he lives to tell. He had eight surgeries in the process.
Suddenly the faces of the listening family members brighten up. The witness of this survivor was reassuring. At least they know, first hand, that it’s possible their family member can survive this.
As you think about the story, which I have seen over and over again in real life-situations, reflect on the Gospel of John 14:1-6. Jesus reassures his disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).
The disciples were worried he was leaving them. They were worried he predicted the betrayals against him. They were worried of what will become of their hope in his messiaship. They were worried about so many other things, just as many of us are worried about health, food, the bills, the future, etc.
The ultimate answer to human worries comes from the one who has been there before us, and has come back to tell us the Good News. The answer is faith in God, faith in Jesus. Believing in God, and his Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life is journeying on the wings of providence triumphantly through the gallows of worries. There is sufficient room for us in God, where we can rest.
God Love you. God Bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Easter Week 4: Act 13:26-33; Jn 14:1-6]
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