Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

John 14:1-6

Last Supper Discourse

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us to have trust and faith in Him. He knows the longing in our hearts and he responds by giving us the absolute assurance that there is truly a home waiting for us. For He is the way that leads to the Father’s heart, our true home….

Do we have faith in Jesus?

Do we believe that Jesus is the way to the Father? (Sr. Maria Mendes, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)

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How do we decipher the meaning of a word, an icon, a work of art and a person?

When Francis Clark, SJ was researching on his book Asian Saints, the following thought was always posed to him: “Tropical countries can never produce saints. The climate so weakens the mind and body that the demands of sanctity, with its emphasis on self-denial, penance and prayer, cannot easily grow in the heat and in that languid atmosphere engendered by the heat. The temperate zones, with their seasons of summer and winter, are alone favorable for holiness.”

The context always provides a wider picture of an idea, a work of art and a person. This context contains all the relationships and connections one could ever imagine about an idea, a work of art or a person. Sometimes it is even the context that defines what is an idea, a work of art, a person. Our context will surely define who God is for us.

God Christ) cannot be a monopoly of single race. God is too “big” for one culture or race to contain. (Fr. Joey Mirar, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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I once asked a friend about the most valuable material thing for her. “My cell phone,” she replied with a smile, “I could not imagine losing it. It’s my life!” she is so attached to it that she could not let go of it even just for a day.

The readings for today show us the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Father. Jesus and the Father are one. They are simply inseparable in the Spirit. Jesus wants us to share in this unity. He wants us always to be close to Him, so that wherever He is there we may be. Imagine a hen gathering her chicks together under her wings. God, in the same way, gathers us together in His bosom. We are His most valuable possession. He never let anybody take us away from Him.

That Jesus is always at our side gives us hope and consolation. Whenever we are worried, Jesus knows our fears. Whenever we are lonely, He shares in our sadness. Whenever we are frustrated, He is always there ready to accept our failures. Whenever we feel abandoned and rejected, we can lean on Him as our best friend.

In the same way, in times of joy, He rejoices with us. In success, He joins us in our victory. Until the end of time, He prepares for us our eternal home. Truly, He is Emmanuel – “God with us!” This text message from a friend best describes God’s love for us: “Ive got ur bak & uv got mine. Il hlp u anytym. 2 c u hurt 2 c u cry nake me weep til d end coz ur my luv & my bst frnd.”

Got His message? (Bro. Carl Milos Bulilan, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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When I was young I learned to distinguish the prayer between a Catholic and a Protestant. If a prayer started with “Praise the Lord, Alleluia!” I was pretty sure it was a Protestant. If a prayer started with the sign of the Cross, followed by a series of petitions for personal needs, it was Catholic. After making the Sign of the Cross we at times ask God to grant our requests such as food to eat, health of mind and body, protection from harm, and security for tomorrow. We sometimes forget to say “Thank you Lord!” because we only see the things we do not have and overlook those that we have. We forget that God can never be outdone in His generosity.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us an assuring reminder not to trouble ourselves, because His Father in heaven has more than enough rooms for us all. “And I go now to prepare a place for you, I shall come again and take you to me, that where I am, you also maybe.” Nothing can separate us from His love and therefore we have to trust Him.

Pope John Paul II in his book Beyond the Threshold of Hope echoes Jesus words of assurance: “Do not be afraid.” Human as we are, we go through various shades and degrees of fear. A man works hard for fear of tomorrow or earns title to ensure a good future. Some would even refuse to love for fear of betrayal or not being loved in return.

Christ presents Himself as the antidote to fear: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He is the ‘way’ towards true happiness which the world cannot give. He is the ‘truth’ that every person seeks, the truth that St. Augustine searched for long time: “Late have I known You Lord and my heart is restless until it finds rest in you.” Jesus is the ‘life’ because He is the only way to the Father who is the source of all life and no one can come to the Father except through Him. (Fr. Melchor Cagape, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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April 22, 2016 Friday

An experience that is familiar to most of us is “being brought” and “being met.” When we go to the airport, especially to travel abroad, we seldom go alone. Someone nearly always brings us there or accompanies us. Upon arrival we like to be met by loved ones. The Filipino language describes this experience much better than English with the two simple words hatid/sundo. These words carry a lot of meaning because the experience they describe is so much a part of Filipino culture Even though it defies practical logic large numbers of family members and friends will still insist on going to the airport to send off or meet their loved one, no matter how inconvenient.

In our Gospel reading the words of Jesus truly capture the emotions of the hatid/sundo experience with the undertones of sadness and anticipated joy. It is no surprise that this reading is so often used for funeral Masses. We sense the inclusive love of Jesus as he goes to prepare a place for us. And this is for absolutely everybody. There is no crowding in heaven, salvation is for all. The idea of Jesus meeting us to accompany us to the place prepared is very encouraging and a great consolation for those who must let their ones go at death. May we indeed be ready at that crucial moment when Jesus awaits our arrival.

Jesus also does what we cannot do when we see off our departing loved ones at the airport.

We must go home again but Jesus goes with us on the journey. He is our way who keeps us from traveling in wrong directions that lead to darkness and death. In other words, the one who believes in Jesus is invited to share in eternal life even now.

As I write this I have just heard of the death of a dear friend. Although still young, I believe he was truly ready to take the hand of Jesus who was waiting for him. I am praying for Jun’s wife Molly and daughter Patricia as they continue their journey with Jesus, their way, truth and life. Jesus cannot take away the pain of departure but he gives us the consoling joy of knowing that our departed one is safe with him. (Fr. John O’Mahony, SVD DWST, Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)

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From the soothing and consoling words of Jesus culled from His Farewell Discourse (John 13-17), let us underline three following thoughts:

  1. 1.      Jesus’ pledge of abiding providence. Fear always enveloped the disciples wherever Jesus was not there. Jesus had to assure them many times with His presence which were heralded by words like: ‘Do not fear. It is I.’ Jesus’ words today are: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.’  In the midst of ‘locked doors’ (hopeless situations), in the middle of ‘storms and big waves’ at sea (great difficulties in life), in the midst of our fears, Jesus is alive and is therefore available for us. Always.
  2. 2.      Jesus’ plea for a total a total attachment. Jesus defines Himself as the way, the truth and the life. Way pertains to the will, for we often say, ‘if there is a will, there is a way.’ Truth pertains to the mind. Life pertains to the heart. Jesus wants us to see Him as the total meaning of our being. Him above all. He and none other.
  3. 3.      Jesus promise of future reward. Our trust and total attachment to Jesus is rewarded by Jesus’ faithfulness in the end. He himself will come and bring us to the home prepared for us! (Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP, New Every Morning New Everyday, p. 114)

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May 4, 2012

St. Florian
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
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Acts 13:26-33
Ps 2
Jn 14:1-6

Last Supper Discourse 

[Jesus said to his disciples,]  1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. 4Where [I] am going you know the way.” 5Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Reflection:

To prepare a place for you. In his discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus announces to the disciples that he is going away. But he reassures them that they need not be troubled. He will go to the Father’s house to prepare a place for them. He will be back and will take them all to himself. To Thomas who wonders about the way where their Master is going, Jesus declares, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Jesus is our way to the Father, to our salvation, to heaven. If we follow Jesus, we will always find God and eternal life.

Jesus is our truth. Jesus reveals the Father to us and God’s will for the salvation of mankind. He speaks the words and does the works of the Father. He offers his life on the cross to accomplish the Father’s will.

Jesus is our life. As he saves us from death, Jesus gives us eternal life. As he forgives our sins, Jesus grants us fullness of life.

Did I lead someone to Jesus today?

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Reflection: Perhaps many of us are already tired of the drudgery of life, It may seem that life is just a routine. We wake-up in the morning, go to work and go home, then the next morning we do the same once again. As if we live like robots in this world; there is no clear path that would point us to something meaningful and profound.

In our gospel for today Jesus gives us a revelation on how to have a meaningful and profound life in this world. Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).” What does this statement of Jesus represent to us? Does this impel us to hunger for Him daily? Or there is no effect at all and there’s no feeling of  urgency to know more about Jesus.

When Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. He was ingeniously telling His disciples to follow Me and you’ll know the truth about life. That the true meaning of life has nothing to do with anything of this world. What you cling now in this world is nothing compared to what you’ll receive if only you will decide to follow me.

What is troubling you right now? Have no fear and have faith, give it to Jesus for He will take care of it. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Reflection for April 22, Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter; John 14:1-6

Reflection: There were two old individuals who were near death one was a believer the other was not. The non believer was deeply troubled on what will happen to his soul when he dies. The believer was very calm and was even looking forward already to see God.

In the gospel Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places (John 14:1-2).”

There are those who dread the mere mention of death as if it’s a plague that needs to be avoided. But no matter how hard we avoid death we cannot escape it because it’s a certain fact of life. It’s a passage to the next life.

If our faith is in Jesus we need not be troubled by death anymore because we have our own dwelling place specially reserved for us in heaven. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2016/04/reflection-for-april-22-friday-of.html

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AN OLD EAGLE STORY: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” – John 14:1

Does mother really know what’s best? Well, you don’t feel that all the time. Mother Eagle builds a comfortable nest for her young, padding it with feathers from her own breast. But the God-given instinct that builds that secure nest also forces the eaglets out of it before long. Eagles are made to fly, and Mother Eagle will not fail to teach them. Only then will they become what they are meant to be.

You can bet for sure that one day, Mother Eagle will disturb the twigs of the nest, making it an uncomfortable place to stay.

Then she will pick up a perplexed eaglet, soar into the sky, and drop it. The little bird will begin to free-fall. Where is Mama now? She is not far away. Quickly she will swoop under and catch the fledgling on one strong wing. She will repeat this exercise until each eaglet is capable of flying on its own.

Are you falling? Remember, God flies down to your rescue. He will also teach you something new and wonderful through it.

God is faithful. He’s just doing whatever it takes for you to be what you were made to be. Jon Escoto (faithatworkjon@gmail.com)

Reflection: Are you falling furiously and wondering where God is and if He even cares?

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. Give me the grace to trust You and to patiently wait for the gifts that will emerge from this fall. Amen.

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1ST READING: The last line of the reading tells us that we have become children of God and heirs to all that Jesus has won for us on the cross. In realizing this, we should not allow ourselves to become presumptuous of the gift of salvation. History lends us examples of legitimate heirs that have been overlooked when it came to their inheritance because the person who died was not impressed by the sense of entitlement they expressed. We must work for what we receive in this life or else we may find ourselves with nothing in the next. Acts 13:26-33

GOSPEL: There are few more inspiring sentences in the Scriptures than when Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” In many ways this is a summary of the nature of discipleship. There is sufficient truth for salvation in this one line for hundreds, if not more, of meditations. Let us deepen our understanding of this text through the grace of the Holy Spirit and so be drawn deeper into the work of the Kingdom of God. John 14:1-6

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TO WHOM ELSE CAN WE TURN? Earlier on in John’s Gospel, Jesus turned to the disciples and asked them if they wanted to leave Him, too, as many were deciding to give up their life of discipleship simply because it was too hard.

In today’s Gospel we hear the expanded reason why Peter tells Jesus that they do not want to leave. In chapter six, he reasons out that they have no one else to turn to and follow. Here we find this expressed in more positive ways in terms of Jesus being the Way, the Truth and the Life. What does this mean to us?

There is no simple answer that fits every person. We must discover for ourselves how Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life for each of us. We cannot allow our faith to rest on the shoulders of others alone. We must personalize it for our own needs. Each of us is unique in the eyes of both God and the world. We have our talents and we have our needs, distinct from each other. Jesus can meet these needs and develop our talents only if we are willing to work with Him and the Holy Spirit in this task.

As we meditate upon this truth today and ask ourselves what we can do to develop our life of faith, we can be sure that Jesus will provide for anything that is lacking. There is never any reason to despair as a disciple of Jesus because we have a God who is in control of providence. He is the Master of the Universe and so nothing is impossible for Him. Jesus invites us to share in His perfect experience of the Father’s love and providence. I think we are mad if we do not readily accept this invitation with our whole hearts.

Unfortunately, there are those who think they know better than God, or that they do not need Him, or can find another excuse to ignore His call. Let us be sure that we are not that person. Let us be sure that we are always ready to open our hearts and minds to the grace and blessings of God. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: How open are you to the call of God in your life?

Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart to Jesus today and to open it unreservedly because He is my Lord and Master — the all-loving, all-powerful and all-generous living God.

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HE FINDS WAZE – “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” – John 14:5

Heavy traffic. A usual 30-minute drive could extend to two hours. How do you deal with that?

I was driving to the Philippine International Convention Center and the cars hardly moved. EDSA became a huge parking lot. I veered away from my usual route and experimented. I made careless turns into streets I’ve never been to. Why? Because certain streets looked more attractive. They had less cars, no heavy traffic, and no potholes. But will these streets lead me to the right path?

Good thing I was using a mobile application called Waze. Every time I made a turn, it recalculated an alternate route towards my destination.

Waze is an imperfect application, but is a good example of how Jesus is to me. Whenever I don’t follow His recommended path, choose to look for shortcuts, venture into unfamiliar territory that seem attractive, and sin, Jesus always has another route waiting for me to follow to get me back on track.

“Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6). Carlo Lorenzo (carloflorenzo@yahoo.com)

Pope Francis Says: “Do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Let us be infected by the holiness of God.”

Jesus, You are my way. I have strayed from the right path. I humbly come to You. Restore me, heal me, protect me and bring me back to Your loving arms.

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Our Gaze Fixed on Christ

May 1, 2015 (readings)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Father Steven Reilly, LC

John 14:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Introductory Prayer: Father, how empty is the life that doesn’t know the joy of Jesus your Son. I have come to this prayer today to know you and your Son better, to love you more and to imitate your perfections. Thank you for this time of prayer.

Petition: Lord Jesus, grant me a greater intensity in my relationship with you, the Way, the Truth and the Life!

  1. Follow Me, I Am the Way:Remember the olden days, when you would stop in a gas station and ask directions? “Follow me” was the easiest way to give directions. Something like that is happening in the Gospel today. To Thomas’ question, “How can we know the way?” Jesus gives himself as the answer. We know the way with infallible precision. A personal and passionate relationship with Christ is the sure way through this confusing world. Let us keep our relationship with Jesus always on our spiritual GPS. Whenever we have a doubt, we should ask ourselves, “How would Jesus act in this situation? What is the path he would follow?”
  2. Believe in Me, I Am the Truth:Jesus gives his followers a truth so rock solid, that nothing can shake them. Just as he is the Way, he is also the Truth. “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved” (Acts 4:12). With the Truth of Jesus, we have the answer to basically any question we need to ask. What a comfort it is to have Jesus as the Truth in this world of jaded souls and in this climate of relativism.
  3. Come to Me, I Am the Life:“He’s the life of the party” is a compliment of high regard in certain circles. He’s the spark plug, the guarantee for an entertaining evening. If he’s not there, a deflated feeling hangs in the air and everybody wonders if there isn’t a better way to be spending their time. A life lived with Jesus is never dull. He is the “Life” of more than just a party. The Christian with an intense relationship with Christ is completely fulfilled — he is never bored, nor is he boring.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. I thank you for giving me the great grace of my Catholic faith. Help me to share with others the immense joy of this personal relationship you have given me.

Resolution: I will speak to someone today about having a personal relationship with Christ.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

FRIDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR C) – JUAN 14:1-6. NGANONG MAHADLOK MAN KITANG MAMATAY? Alang sa kadaghanan, tungod kini kay wala kita masayod kon asa paingon human sa kamatayon. Sa ebanghelyo, si Kristo nagdala kanato’g kalipay sa Iyang pag-ingon: “Ayaw kamo kabalaka…Sa balay sa akong Amahan adunay daghang mga lawak, ug moadto ako aron pag-andam og dapit alang kaninyo.” Pagkanindot pamati-on nga aduna diay kitay kapaingnan human ning tanan. Dili lang kini usa ka lugar kondili usa ka mahimayaong pagpakig-uban sa Dios. Unsaon man nato pagkatultol sa dalan paingon sa Langitnong Amahan? Si Kristo miingon: “Ako mao ang dalan… Walay makaadto sa Amahan kon dili moagi Kanako.” Sakto ang usa ka magsasangyaw nga nag-ingon: “If we hold tightly to the Word of God, we will remain on the pathway to Eternal Life.” Posted by Abet Uy

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April 22, 2016

REFLECTION:
In today’s gospel reading we hear Jesus make a strange statement: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”

This statement means that, of the hundreds of billions of humans who lived, are living, and will live on this planet Earth, not one of them will ultimately find God in Heaven (“come to the Father”) without passing through Jesus. Why is this statement strange? Because it presupposes that the great majority of humans (think of all the people who lived and died before Christ came among us, as also of all the people who, even after the Incarnation, never heard of Jesus and lived completely pagan lives) will be saved (i.e. reach the Father in an eternity of bliss) only through the action of Jesus. Now as Christians we understand how this works out for us because we have the figure of Christ constantly under our eyes, as it were. But what about Muslims and Animists and Hindus and agnostics and atheists? Jesus tells us that somehow he reaches all of them. How? By silently speaking to their conscience. Vatican II tells us that “conscience is the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God” (GS 16).

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