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Sermon Fifth Sunday After Easter

Jesus encourages his disciples to not be troubled or afraid, “I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am, there you may be too.”Thomas asks, Where are you going? We have no idea. How do we know the way? Jesus responds, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” The way to be with God is to be with Jesus. To know Jesus is to know God. Philip is confused with this real answer. He wants a certain faith, something clear cut and easy. “Show us God.” In today’s language, Jesus responds, “You have met God in my ministry. I have nothing else to show you or give you. This is enough.”

Jesus is “in” the Father and the Father is “in” Jesus. Jesus and his Father are one.Note, it’s important to remember Jesus’s command to love one another in the previous chapter. Jesus unity with God is a unity in love.

In I Peter the foundation and source of our faith is the goodness of the Lord. The goodness of God in Christ energizes everything we do. Everything we are.The unity of Christ in God and God in Christ is love and goodness. “Love” and “good” define God.

We know the goodness and love of God not by making demands of God, but finding our place in creation. We often make demands of God based on what we want or what we wish were true. But we learn our place in the universe by listening patiently in prayer.

In prayer we learn that we are in Christ, in love, as Christ is in God. “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.” Jesus can say this because he prayed, hesat with God, Jesus listened to God--and found God within.

Much pain comes when we over-extend ourselves. When we believe that we should live forever in these bodies, when we believe it is our right to be happy and healthy, and have plenty, all the time. Our pain comes when we feel we are special, more important than the rest of creation. For example, when something as insignificant as a new corona virus threatens our livelihood, our convenience, our comfort. We are frustrated and ask, “Why God? Why do you allow these kinds of things?

This is a moment for prayer. We are in an extended moment of prayer. May we pray with patience as we listen to our good and loving Lord who says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” We have this moment to prayer fully come to his Father, our God, in Christ, in love. What will do with this opportunity?

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