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Gospel Reflections for May 14

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

May 14, 2017 —Fifth Sunday of Easter

John 14: 1-12
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Michael found his young son, Timmy, sobbing into a pillow after his pet frog died. So he told the little boy, “It’s not the end of the world.” Through tears, Timmy blubbered, “It is for my frog.”

Death might be the end of the world for a frog, but not for us! In today’s Gospel, Jesus is speaking to his disciples at the Last Supper. He will suffer a terrible death on the cross in less than twenty-four hours, but he is not gloomy. He knows that his death on the cross is not the end of the world, but the beginning of new life for the world. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.... I am going to prepare a place for you.”

When Thomas asks where Jesus is going and how to get there, Jesus replies, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” To follow Jesus is to be on the way to eternal life. To hear Jesus is to find the truth that will guide us to eternal life. To be one with Jesus is to possess eternal life.

And we don’t have to wait until death to experience the life of Jesus, to be guided by his truth, to find the way to a meaningful life. Jesus says in the Gospel that those who believe in him will do greater works than he did. Of course, we can’t save the world as Jesus did by his life, death, and resurrection. But in the two thousand years since Jesus ascended into heaven, members of the Church have taught and healed more people than Jesus did during his mortal life. We have done greater works, not apart from Jesus, but united to him as our way, truth and life.

Those works, done in union with Jesus here on earth, will lead us to eternal life. For death is not the end of the world. It is entering joyfully into the heavenly dwelling place Jesus has prepared for us.




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