The good news for the day, May 12, 2017
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter (283)
Jesus said to his friends: “Don’t let your hearts get upset. You have faith in God; keep your faith in me, too. In my Father’s family home, there are many places to stay. If not, would I have promised you that I am going to get a place ready for you? If I do go and get a place ready 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, “Sir, we just don’t know where you are going! How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14)
Three elements tie these words together.
In the first place, Jesus speaks of our Father’s “house”—but it needs to be said over and over that “house” and “family” in the language of Jesus are the same word. It would be fair to translate: “In My Father’s family, there are many “places to hang your hat”—comfortable, friendly accommodations where brothers and sisters welcome you. The Father’s family is diverse—your specialness is greeted warmly, no matter how different, lonely—or guilty—you may feel.
Secondly, it is the “Person” of Jesus—His whole Self—which Jesus is promising will go away and come back—resurrected and living with you. He will take you into the Family of God, the Realm of what is Right—heaven.
Third—Jesus–as the “way, truth and life”–providesrich material for meditation. The way is the Humanity of Jesus—following his example, compassion and viewpoint. The truth is the World Around You—your experience as fellow humans with Jesus to appreciate the Father’s unfolding love. The Life is Divine Life that this way, this truth bring you into—an awe-filled Life of service, gratitude, humility and acceptance—whether the beauty of springtime—or being nailed to a cross.
The Good News today is peace resultant from “living Jesus,” a Life deliberate, modest, happy—as opposed to a “way” of constant irritation, a “truth” that is illusion and self-deceit, and a thoughtless “life” more dead than alive.