Some thoughts on today’s scripture – John 14: 1-14
Last week Jesus shows us his divine nature by stating “I AM the gate of the sheepfold” along with other I Am sayings: …the bread of life…the living water…etc. This passage (vs.6) relates Jesus as saying: “I AM the way, the truth and the life…” “Believe in God, also believe in me….the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do, and even greater works…”
Everything that Jesus did was through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is astounding that the Father gives us this same Holy Spirit so that we can do the works that Jesus did, and even greater. As Saint Paul said, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Jesus is the first born of the new creation – the Holy Spirit inspired community. In our lives through surrendering to the gift of his Spirit we are called to become his body and are destined to do great things.
The gospel presents Jesus as the guide in life, as the ‘way, truth and life’. The Christian centre is the person of Christ. Our work for Jesus and our love for people, no matter what our calling in life may be, flow from this. This centre always holds, it cannot be unhinged. It is a deeply personal relationship. We are led by Jesus ‘one by one’, known by name, not as just one of a group.
We follow Jesus as one we know, not as we might follow a stranger. We have come to know him by studying his life and times, getting to know the places and events of his life, becoming familiar with the gospels and getting to know him in the heart in prayer. This is the way of keeping our centre of conviction focussed and our motivation strong. As this happens freedom grows and we begin to find him everywhere.
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.”
Taken from “Sacred Space” – submitted by A. Whitmore