– Friday 4th week of Easter –
“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. [John 14-16]
Jesus’ resounding request throughout the gospels, is that we follow him. It’s easy to think that if Jesus were a human alive today, someone we could interact with, hear audibly and watch where he moves, that it would be much easier to follow him. But the disciples who lived in his presence day in and out still had questions about what it meant to follow him.
The thing to keep in mind is that, God isn’t intentionally overcomplicating things for us. He’s not playing games with us and trying to trip us up. Weaved into Thomas’ questioning and through the mystery of our relationship with God whilst on earth, Jesus gives us this incredible gift. The gift of faith.
We were created for the purpose of being in relationship with God. Often as Christians we complicate things. In today’s gospel Jesus makes it all very simple. He ascends into heaven to prepare a place there for us, so that we can be united with him for eternity. One way to follow him, might be to read about Jesus in the scriptures. This should give us a sense of how we are to treat people, what we are to prioritize and an encouraging reminder to put God first, always
by Emma Fradd
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