The Gospel According to John – 2017.05.14
The Gospels are replete with stories that depict the ignorance of Jesus’ twelve male disciples.
You them. They were human beings and like all of us they were flawed, confused, and ignorant.
Jesus even refers to Saint Peter as “Satan,” the enemy, and on the night of Jesus’ arrest Peter denies having known him.
In the generations that followed the death of Jesus, the early Christians did not gain any more clarity in the decades that followed, as the John’s Gospel shows.
Jesus is not “The Way,” he life demonstrated the way, not the “way to” God, but the “way of God,” of love, and hope, and trust.
The good news is not that God has prepared a place for you, for the Jewish people that were the brothers and sisters of Jesus, or for the Christians who came later, but that God has prepared a place for everyone. No one is left apart from God’s plan.
Following the “way” of Jesus does not require you to believe or know anything about him, it requires you to live a life of kindness, and loving service to your fellow human beings.
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?’
‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.’
Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’
‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?
‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father, so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.
I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.’
5th Sunday of Easter