I am going to the Father

Greetings on this the Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
Readings: 1 Cor 15:1-8; PS 19:2-3, 4-5; Jn 14:6-14
Note: Late entry, very tired today. Exhausted even.

Today we celebrate a Feast in honor of two Apostles, Philip and James.
The first reading Paul is discussing the appearance to Cephas (Peter), James, and the Apostles.
We also read in the Gospel portion the interactions of Jesus with Thomas and Philip.

So we could say today the readings take on a characteristic of dialog with Jesus and a dialog between believers about the most important things in accordance with the Scriptures.

I don’t know if you remember the Four Last Things?

  1. Death
  2. Judgment.
  3. Heaven.
  4. Hell.

Jesus tells them clearly the coming trial, death and resurrection: I am going to the Father.

He reminds them to believe that death is certain, judgment is unavoidable and Heaven (the Father’s place) is our preferred destination.

The reading from 1st Corrinthians reasserts the same.

Where am I going?
In baptism the promise of the Father, through Jesus.

In the life, acting in harmony with that outcome, to the best I can.

I am going to the Father, too, by the mercy of God.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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