Friday – May 4, 2012
4th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 13:26-33
Brothers, children and descendants of Abraham, and you also who fear God, it is to you that this message of salvation has been sent. It is a fact that the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize Jesus. Yet in condemning him, they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath but not understood. Even though they found no charge against him that deserved death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. And after they had carried out all that had been written concerning him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb.
But God raised him from the dead, and for many days thereafter he showed himself to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They have now become his witnesses before the people. We ourselves announce to you this Good News: All that God promised our ancestors, he has fulfilled for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus, according to what is written in the second psalm: You are my Son, today I have begotten you.
Gospel: John 14:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be troubled; trust in God and trust in me. In my Father’s house there are many rooms. Otherwise I would not have told you that I go to prepare a place for you. After I have gone and prepared a place for you, I shall come again and take you to me, so that where I am, you also may be. Yet you know the way where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
Peter thinks Jesus should be doing something ‘nobler’ than washing their feet. Thomas complains that they do not know where he is going (implying that they need a better view of the destination). Philip wants a vision: “Show us the Father, and that will be enough.” All are unsatisfied with what they actually have; they want something ‘higher’. Jesus points to what they already have: “Thomas… I am the way; Philip… whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” Disciples of every age – including our own – seem to want more than is given. We look for “signs and wonders,” bleeding statues, messages…
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