Friday 8 May
Today is Friday 8 May, in the fourth week of Easter.
Jonathan Veira sings, ‘The Promise of His Grace’. As you hear these words today, can you settle into prayer by fixing your eyes on the grace God?
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, 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. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
We see Jesus here affirming his place as our guide for life. He asks his disciples to set aside any worries or anxieties that they have about the future. With their minds filled with uncertainly, the disciples look for more, more information, more proof. Jesus responds with patience and gentleness. Jesus responds by offering the relationship he has with his Father. Jesus has complete faith in his Father and asks his friends to have the same faith in him. Imagine yourself amongst the disciples, listening to Jesus. What sense do you have of the atmosphere amongst the disciples? What emotions are you experiencing?
How do you find yourself relating to Philip and Thomas? How does your relationship with the Lord influence how you hear his message today? What reassurance might you want to ask for?
As you listen to the passage again, reflect on how you may allow Jesus to be “the way, and the truth and the life” in your life.
Bring all your thoughts together now….what prayer would you offer to the Lord today?
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.