”Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?” – St. Gerard Majella: (was an Italian lay brother of the Congregation of the Redeemer, better known as the Redemptorists )
Gospel Text: (JN 14:1-6)
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."
In the Gospel reading, part of Jesus' parting discourse after the Last Supper, Jesus assures his disciples and us that there are many places reserved for us in his Father's house. Always ready to question, Thomas asks, "Lord, we don't know where you are going; how can we know the way?"
Jesus replies, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." The Son of God became man precisely to reconcile humankind with God, to re-connect humankind with God because the connection had been ruptured by the sin of our first parents.
Speaking in common computer language, Jesus is the GPS map to show us the way to the Father; his life and his teachings give us the truth about the Triune God; through the Holy Spirit and the Church he allows us to share in God's life in preparation for eternal life and happiness with God.
Jesus also assures us, "Do not be troubled! Trust in God and trust in me." Despite many obstacles, despite many trials and difficulties, we have him at our side. Have trust in him. Have trust in his teaching and love.