Psalm: 66
Gospel: John 14:1-14
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from an Easter homily of St. Miletus of Sardis

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, 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, you will know* my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him. (John 14:5-7)

In listening to the podcast over at Workingpreacher.org, the commentators made an excellent point. Unlike the synoptic tradition, John’s Christ is utterly confident. The Fourth Evangelist never sees the Cross as a tragedy, but rather as the ultimate moment of exaltation.

Christ’s death is by no means a humiliation, but rather the means by which he returns to the Father, and reclaims his place as the one who was with God from the very beginning.

More than that, he goes to prepare a place for his disciples.

I’ve spoken before about my own sense of discomfort when it comes to Christian exclusivity, but I think that the quote read in the wider context of John makes a lot more sense.

Coming to the Father through Jesus has less to do with one’s personal salvation status thanit does for seeing Christ as and for what he truly is.

If we believe that Jesus is indeed the Word who was with God and was God….there is no way that we could be led astray.

We can only be led to the foot of the cross, and the open door of the empty tomb….to the ever open arms of our Father in heaven who loves us beyond all measure.

That my friends is good news. Alleluia! +

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