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.”
Praised be Jesus Christ!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us some pertinent and comforting phrases from Scripture, for He tells us to not let our hearts be troubled by this passing world (Jn 14:1) and that we have a place prepared by Him in Paradise (Jn 14:2-4). These can be very comforting phrases for us as believers.
What also is comforting for us is the list of the names of the seven deacons in the Acts of the Apostles. One in particular is Stephen. St. Stephen drew his strength in accepting his martyrdom from the comforting faith of Christ’s promise of a room in His heavenly kingdom.
This week, we can pray for the same hope and strength of St. Stephen, knowing that we too have a place in paradise which Jesus has prepared for us. May we have the same patient endurance as the Deacon St. Stephen as we await on earth our place in heaven.
As always, know of my prayers before Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.