Brief Audio Reflection "The Way Home" on John 14:1-14; Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A.
The overarching message of John’s gospel is always the divinity of Jesus. This week’s gospel is one of Christ’s last lessons before the crucifixion. We reflect on it now, during the Easter season, because it is a forecast that only makes sense in the context of the Resurrection. Before this, Jesus had been hinting about his leaving the disciples and then suddenly he springs it on them: I go now to prepare a place for you. This bombshell really gets their attention. In a flash Thomas and Philip are all: Hey, wait a minute. You’re going where? To do what?
Jesus tells us he is the way for an obvious reason. He wants us to follow him… to take up our cross… to suffer our Calvary’s… to come home to the Father in our own resurrections. His way is simple. In the face of all: Love God and neighbor. Don’t make that a lip-service, bumper-sticker sentiment. Make Christ’s way your life’s purpose. Actively, deliberately, constantly make Christ’s way the way you face every obstacle and every opportunity. Make Christ’s way your way home. Alleluia! He is risen.
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