5th Sunday of Easter, year ’A’ 5e dimanche de Pâques, année ’A’

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ; no one comes to the Father except by passing through me.’
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ac.6,1-7 Ps.32 1 P.2,4-9 Jn.14,1-12

5th Sunday of Easter, year ’A’

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s House there are many rooms; otherwise would I have told you ’I am going to prepare a place for you’? When I lave to go and prepare a place for you I shall come back and I shall bring you with me, so that where I shall be you too shall be. You know the way to where I am going.”   The disciples feel their Master is going to leave them, they understand that Jesus is going to be put to death thus giving them Life. This passage through death is something they are unable to grasp! There’s nothing attractive in this and it brings up a lot of fear in them. Jesus is going to be taken away from them and this is something they are unable to bear. They had let their hearts become tender thanks to his Presence. They had become attached to Him and they love Him. They don’t yet know how important this path is for him, for this is how He saved us. This Word : ’I am leaving to prepare a place for you’ puzzles them greatly for this means that Jesus whom they dearly love, in whom they have placed all their trust, is going to disappear from their view. The cannot understand and do not accept that Jesus is moving towards His Passion. Now, before His death, Jesus wants to draw us into his experience of the Resurrection. He had always kept on teaching about life to come, the fulness of life in the Kingdom. During this Easter period we are called to change the way we have at looking at things.   "Thomas said to him ’Lord we don not know where you are going to. How can we know the way?’ Jesus answered ’I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ; no-one comes tot he Father but through me.’ We are pilgrims who walk alone, and helpless ones at that. Jesus comes to us, carrying our experiences and filling us with Joy. All that was scattered in our lives – joys and sorrows, our successes and our failures, are born by Jesus in a movement to other people. We are gathered together in the Life of Jesus, in the Gift of Himself his death on the Cross and his Resurrection on Easter morning. Thus it has been given to us to be True. The Risen Lord Jesus opens up for us a a life which is always greater with our brothers. But the disciples’ disarray is great, expressed by Thomas : ’Lord, we don’t even know where you are going to ; how can we know the road?’ Jesus insists upon the fact that this passage is necessary for him, that it is essential for the salvation which saves and brings us to the Father. So they have to look at Jesus and in this Gaze go beyond everything they can see. In ordinary life we cannot stay with what we can see, we are taken further along. And so not only do we have to look at Jesus, in â place of beyond, we need to follow Him and place our steps in His own. " Philip said to him : ’Lord, show us the Father, that will be enough.’ Jesus answered him : ’I have been with you for so long, and you don’t know me Philip! Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say : ’Show us the Father.’   Jesus opens us up to the gathering in Heaven. Each one of us who is so different is gathered by Him to form one Body alone, the Risen Lord Christ. All that Jesus lived is lived in his Body the Church. It is the way each one of us has to travel. The bride will print on her face the details on Jesus’ face :’The Bride follows the lamb everywhere he goes’ To believe that Jesus is the Way the Truth, the Life. By going into this mystery of Jesus’ faith, we touch faith in the Father : ’Whoever sees me sees the Father.’

We ask for the grace to believe in the Invisible Father announced by Jesus so as to let ourselves be drawn by Him..