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.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
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 speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”
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When people are important to us, we make space for them. We make them feel welcome and show them that we love them. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the Father does this for us. He cares about you so much that he makes room for you. He prepares a place for you because he longs for relationship with you. He wants you close to him, and Jesus affirms this when he says “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.” His Father is so good, and he desires to bring us to him, because through our relationship with Jesus, we come to know our Heavenly Father. Jesus wants us to share in his Father’s love, so he tells us about his love and calls us to know him.
Jesus begins this passage with “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” In this fitting verse for these times, he tells us not to worry about anything. He encourages us to let go of our anxieties and know that the Father will provide for us. Let’s rest in his embrace, knowing that he has a plan for us and he has a place prepared for us.
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