Faith Daily | 30 April 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER FOUR APBA p510
whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:
help us when hear his voice
to know him who calls us each by name,
and to follow where he leads;
who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 14: 1-6
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In 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? 3And 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. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ 5Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ 6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Rev'd Jan
Often in small group study the reality of fear is discussed. Fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of the known….. here is Jesus, on the night before he died, knowing and loving his friends so much, that he focuses on reassurance and comfort in their fear. Because of its context, and indeed its most wonderful messaging of Christ’s continuing presence in all of life, this passage has become the most well known one read at funerals. We heard it this week at Malcolm Lewis’ lovely Memorial service, read by his granddaughter Charlotte.
I always reflect on this passage as not being about death. It is about fear; it is about all the things of life that give us troubled hearts. Jesus is always preparing a place for us to be with him – and it is in the now. As I said on Tuesday at the Memorial, there is nothing better to find in death that we cannot find now, living with Jesus the Christ. When he talks about his Father’s house Jesus is outlining the pathway to make the eternal home real now, and eternally living with him real. Now.
The pathway is the cross, and it is the empty cross. He conquered death, and all fear, so that he could be our home always. Always.
John O’Donohue “Benedictus: A book of Blessings” – the second half of yesterday’s Blessing Prayer
May you treasure the gifts of the mind
Through reading and creative thinking
So that you continue as a servant of the frontier
Where the new will draw its enrichment from the old,
And you never become a functionary.
May you know the wisdom of deep listening,
The healing of wholesome words,
The encouragement of the appreciative gaze,
The decorum of held dignity,
The springtime edge of the bleak question.
May you have a mind that loves frontiers
So that you can evoke the bright fields
That lie beyond the view of the regular eye.
May you have good friends
To mirror your blind spots.
May your shared leadership with the Christ
Be for you a true adventure of growth.