Today's Gospel: John 14:1-6
We no longer need paper maps to get us from place to place. All that is needed today is to punch in a few words to our phones or navigational devices and boom, our destination is routed for us. The comforts of navigation allow us to trust the ability that our phones and technology will get us to where we need to be. Yet why is it that we don’t always trust our friends, our family, our coworkers or even God to lead the way?
Today’s Gospel passage reminds us that God has a dwelling place for us. Thomas doubts Jesus' path for him when he says, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” (John 14:5) Thomas doesn’t understand because he can’t see a physical route, and hasn’t been instructed how to get to the destination. How often, when we don’t know what God’s plan is or what the future holds, do we question Him? Jesus reminds Thomas that he doesn’t need to know a physical route or path, he doesn’t even need to know what the plan is, but he does need to trust in God. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).”
Jesus lays out the path for Thomas. He lays out the path for all of us, even if we can’t see what that path looks like. Today’s Gospel reminds us to put our faith in God and that through our faith we will enter into God’s house. When we are going through a hardship, Jesus will lead the way; when we struggle with finances or work relations, Jesus will help us navigate. When illness or tragedy come upon us, Jesus’ path will lead to peace and comfort.
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How can we allow Jesus to take over the steering wheel of our lives?
Jesus, I love You. Help me navigate this life even when I don’t know where I’m going, what I’m doing, what the outcome will be. I trust in You to lead the way.
Copyright 2020 Andrea Bear
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About the Author
Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Northern California. She runs a blog called Life in the Grace Lane and also contributes to Catholic Stand and Today's Catholic Teacher magazine. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards.