Greetings on this the Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 13:26-33; PS 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab; Jn 14:1-6
Notes: As difficult as life can become, it is not the final story.
Our final end is in the loving hands of God. Loved and received.
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
as it is written in the second psalm,
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.”
Responsorial Psalm (the Second Psalm)
You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
Ask of me and I will give you
the nations for an inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
with trembling rejoice
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
Often used in the Funeral Liturgy is todays gospel portion. We use it because the summit of our faith is to believe in the Resurrection unto the Righteous.
- Faith the Lord will raise us.
- Faith the Lord prepares a place for us.
- Faith he will come back for us, each by name, and bring us hand-in-hand to our new home.
- Faith for “dwelling places” – a place for you.
- Faith for “Houses” – a place for all families, tribes, and nations (alt translation).
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.”
Peace be with you,