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April 22, 2016

Friday of the fourth Week after Easter

The good news for the Day

Jesus said to his disciples: “Let none of your hearts be troubled. You believe in God. Believe in me, too. In my Father’s house you can find many places to stay. If that weren’t true, would I have told you that I am on the way to prepare a place for you? If I go, then, and get a place for you, I will return and take you to myself, so that where I am you can be, too. Where I am going—you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “You are in charge—we really do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14, 1-6)

This little conversation requires some re-thinking because we like to place it “out there”—words addressed to dead apostles. One of them asked a question and got a reply that seems pretentious. The reply has become an often-misunderstood way to see Jesus and His role in your life.

Let’s give this some fresh reflection; approach it from a different angle. In my “father’s house” Jesus says, “exist many places to stay.” Consider: He is referring to various ways of “being at home inside creation.” You accept many “places to stay”—not after death, but in this, God’s world—in your own life and the variety of differences around you. Others find their own way of life—their “at home” their way, and you need not judge them, you need not feel superior, your need not consider them wrong. People are different but all are still children living in our Father’s house, in creation.

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life:” My humanity, Jesus says, my common, sharing Childhood of God is the same WAY you and I “go to the Father.” My being who I am—and your being who You Are—is the fundamental TRUTH—the bottom line, the essence. That is truth that is salvation. To cleanse your soul of prejudice and ignorance, to live LIFE rather than feel superior, to live intentionally, not just drift, to fulfill one another’s needs—and so fulfill the “law of Christ.”

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