I was reading this passage which a friend saw. I can’t remember the exact words but it read something like:

The way to happiness is to do the Lords will.

I said to my friend, “All very well, but how do you know the Lord’s will?”

His faith is a lot greater than mine and to him the answer is simple: It is contained in John 13; Acknowledge that Jesus came into the world to save the world and then to follow him is to find happiness.

I wish I had such certainty.

Later today I was talking to a person about the nature of happiness. He came from Africa where many have nothing.

“Some people are happy with nothing,” he said, “some unhappy. Some people are happy with everything, some unhappy.”

Happiness has nothing to do with what we have but what we are.

But at the end of the day we can only take refuge in all of those lessons we learned in today’s Gospel.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions; otherwise I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you.