Season of Joy
Today's Season of Joy reflection on John 14:1-6 is by Bill Damato.
Bill was a religious Brother from 1961 to 1996. He served as Director of Formation & Recruitment, Educator, Secondary President, and Director of Institutional Advancement. Bill has provided mental health services in underserved regions in Appalachia; he was the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in Long Island & Westchester School Districts; and he consults with boards on issues of governance and board integration.
Jesus Lives Within You
from John 14:1-6
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.”
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“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” I have a place for you and take you to myself. Where I am, you also may be. These are such intimate and personal declarations; Jesus and all of us together.
Where I am, Jesus is also. That intimacy—that oneness—is now and real. It is so profound and blazingly inspiring.
For me, the way is not a road trip or a destination. It is understanding, and the way to understanding is so vividly clear.
Where Christ is, we are also.
As I see it, you and me, we are the way; all of humanity, no one left out. I think Jesus brings himself in real time through the people in our lives. Folks are the root of our prayers, meditation, our inspiration, and conversions.
"No one can come to the father except through me." And for us, Jesus is there in the other person. It seems the way has always been there through the other person. I come to the Divine through my friends, strangers, spouse, family, partners, and I believe, all of humanity.
Christ delivered the Divine to us through his humanity. How could we know him otherwise?
He taught us the way to intimacy and knowing him—in others and ourselves—with no judgment, no exclusion, no hierarchy.
In fact though, he had a preference for the poor and marginalized. "Do not let your hearts be troubled."
Jesus is in front of me every day and moment, through the people in my life and those not yet known.
That is the way to my untroubled heart; to do my best to see Christ in the humanity he has bestowed on us; to see the goodness, and give goodness; to see the pain and be compassionate; to share our resources and to be caring.
We all know the gospel is universal, but I find this gospel of Jesus, recalled by John, so intimate and so personal. These are the expressions of a lover to the beloved. The way of salvation—that way of truth, that light—is as individual as each of our hearts and souls.
Imagine hearing Christ say, "Where I am, you also may be." Or, "I will come back and take you to myself." Indeed, do not let your hearts be troubled. Know that we are already dwelling with Christ.
He has taken us to himself. He is in all humanity in myriad, intimate ways.
Discovering and responding to Christ in others does not exempt us from struggle or conflict or death. It does answer the question of the disciples, "How can we know the way?"
The way, the truth and the light is through Christ, in each of us, to the Father.
We need only to look for his Son. It is not difficult.
Christ is in front of us every day.
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