On this the 5th week after Easter, we hear about just how far Jesus will go to have an intimate and personal relationship with the Father through Him. A relationship where we will be for ever drawn into the Fathers heart as children. There is much more in this than we can cover in a couple of minutes, so I invite you to consider 3 important points:
The first one, ‘that I must go to to prepare a dwelling place for you’. The whole reason for Jesus sacrifice for us is so that we would forever live in the presence of God our Father as it was always meant to be. Our dwelling place is given to us at baptism and our life lived in Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, that Holy Spirit that come to us at Pentecost, that one that takes us on a journey where we can give ourselves to others as a living sacrifice, that they would come to know the Father as well, and receive their eternal inheritance.
This leads us on to our second point, where Jesus says ‘I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through me’. Remember last week we learned about Jesus as Shepard and that there was only one gate to enter the sheep fold, that was a forerunning parable to this simple statement Jesus makes and re-enforces for us. If we know Him, we know the Father and the cororally of that is that the Father knows us in that intimate family way. It reminds us that we have ‘life’, that to have life and to have ‘love’ we must have Jesus, and to have truth we must have Jesus. And In these days where life is often not treasured, and truth is subjective, love is the missing piece the piece, we must have to ourselves as missionary disciples to those around us.
Those who have Jesus in their life will do the same and greater works than He. The need for greater works is so necessary today. We live in days of pandemic, in days where people and families are disaffected and impoverished, days of severe global injustice by rulers and governments on people, trafficking, family violence and much more.
As a Eucharistic people, we are charged with being Jess to others in these and even more dire situations, we are given everything we need to serve and to minister, and to be present, and to engage with those around us. We have a promise that whatever is required, we have been empowered with it, by Jesus, through the person of His Holy Spirit, that same Holy Spirit that came at Pentecost, and that same Holy Spirit that Jesus promises that through Him will be able to do even great works than He.