Sunday Gospel Thoughts- Fr. Jack Mattimore
Today’s Gospel Reading: John 14:1-12
“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” This is Jesus’ response when Philip says he wants to see God the Father. Before Jesus was born, no one could look upon the face of God and live, so powerful and awesome is the Lord God Almighty, but that all changed with Jesus. Jesus and the Father are one. God so loved us and wanted to be with us so intimately that the Second Person of the Trinity took on human flesh and lived among us. The realization of who Jesus is should banish fear from our hearts and give us peace no matter what is going on in our lives. God is with us and for us and loved us to death, saving us from sin so that we might live with Him forever. Amazing!
“Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” Jesus calmed storms, fed thousands with a few fish and loaves of bread, and healed people. What works could be greater than those and the other miracles He performed, including raising the dead? The key is that Jesus had to return to the Father in heaven so that the Father and Jesus could send the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Once the Holy Spirit was sent forth and descended upon Mary and the apostles, much greater works were done and continue to be done to this very day. The greater works are the sacraments. Jesus is the way to salvation and eternal life and that is accomplished for us in the sacramental life of the Church.
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Fr. Jack Mattimore, S.J.