These words were spoken by Jesus to his disciples as he explained to them that he promised a place for them in his Father’s house and that he will come back and take them to himself. These words are our promise from the mouth of Jesus, that faith in him will gift us with eternal life. The disciples, even though they had walked with Jesus, witnessed his healing, saw him crucified and even knowing of his Resurrection from the dead, still had to be reminded of who he was. At one point in this week’s gospel Jesus asks, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Phillip?” We might do well to apply that same question to ourselves. Have you known of Jesus for so long a time, been with him in the sacraments, received his forgiveness and his grace and still you question how you will get to his Father’s house? We must believe! For we have been told by Jesus, himself:
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14.6
Jesus continues to teach, telling us that he is in his Father and his Father is in him: they are one and the same! Again, we must believe for our salvation depends upon it! No more doubt, waste no more time doubting the Word of God spoken by Jesus; God, Himself. Our salvation has been achieved in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our role as Christians is to live with the joy of knowing and in such a way that others are drawn to Jesus Christ through us. We are the hands and feet and the heart of Christ in the world today and we must live as an Easter People so that others may come to know the gift of their salvation in Jesus Christ. We are still celebrating Easter; how very important it is for us to take time to reflect with wonder and gratitude what we have been given. In doing so, we will experience the love of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we will indeed draw others to Jesus, assuring for the them that he will come and take them also to a place he has prepared in his Father’s house. Thanks be to God!
In faith and trust, Deb Rudolph
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC