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APRIL 30. EASTER. Wk. 4. Fri. Jn. 14. 1-6

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God still, and trust in me.

There are many rooms in my Father’s house;

if there were not, I should have told you.

I am going now to prepare a place for you,

and after I have gone and prepared you a place,

I shall return to take you with me;

so that where I am

you may be too.

You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

No one can come to the Father except through me.’


Today’s Gospel invites us to have Trust in Christ and his teachings; - while acknowledging that at times “our hearts will be troubled”; - something I think we can all relate to?


The road Christ asks us to walk is not an easy one, something he made very plain to his followers in many ways, and on many occasions, so we have to accept this teaching.


But despite our difficulties and trials, Christians must remember they are called to follow; - and imitate; - Christ, so they should not expect, or seek, an easy road full of consolations.


An important lesson in today’s Gospel is its emphasis on looking beyond the circumstances of our earthly life, and place the focus, instead, where it rightfully belongs; - on Eternal Life!


There are many rooms in my Father’s house;

if there were not, I should have told you.

I am going now to prepare a place for you,

and after I have gone and prepared you a place,

I shall return to take you with me;

so that where I am you may be too.


Christ is almost giving us a guarantee here, that if we have Faith in his teachings; - and put them into practice; - we will receive our reward in the next life.


This is one of the unique characteristics of Christianity, compared to the ‘way of the world”, in that the world seeks its reward and comfort now; - while the Christian seeks it after death!


The Christian has also been told, by Christ, he will have to endure suffering in this life; - due to the need to make reparation for sin; - a message “the world” finds difficult to understand.


This means Christians must understand, and be give great value to ‘The Cross’ in their lives, in the same way that suffering and self-sacrifice had such a central place in Christ’s Life.


‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me!’

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