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1993 The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 "- Commentary Troubled hearts: Our home with the Father Fifth' Gospel Commentary for the Sunday of Easter, 4ay 9, 1993, Cycle A: John 14:1-12. th Although we are celebrating s fifth Sunday of Easter, the gospel is taken from Jesus' dis- g sermon at the Last The reason is because in of the discourse Jesus ut leaving soon and re- The original meaning he is about to die rise from the dead. But when gospel is placed after Easter it COLUMNIST on a ouite different mean- lug. Now it'is intended to refer to Sestl Ascension and return for the final judg- This, too, is a somewhat strange interpreta- of the Gospel of John. Unlike Luke's second Acts of Apostles, from which comes the idea of a 40-day period between Jesus' and ascension, John writes of Jesus on the same day as the resurrection tomb. Not only does he ascend on the r, but he also returns and brings the pirit to bestow upon the gathered disci- u,!!he.words of today's gospel Jesus reas- ,t  ms disciples He is leavin to ureDare a ace for them: Wlen that is ready and'when ey are ready he will return to get them. He By FATHER DONALD DILGER tells them they already know the way. Thomas. who is this gospel represents slow and doubting Christians, says: "Lord, we don't know where you're going. How can we know the way?" Now come the well known words of Jesus: "I am the way, the truth, the life." Let us dare to recast this sentence as follows: "I am the true way of life." In this way the sentence reflects more clearly the biblical background from which it originates in the Psalms and other Old Testament books we refer to as Wisdom literature. Because John was often in vehement controversy with Jewish theology of his time, the primary meaning probably is that Jesus, rather than the Torah or Law of Moses, is the way, truth, and life. These were all qualities which the rabbis attributed to the Torah. John has repeatedly implied and stated that Jesus re- places the Torah. This is another of those state- ments. But we must go beyond this meaning that arose out of bitter controversy. Just before today's gospel began, Peter stated that he wanted to follow Jesus wherever he went, even if meant death for him. Jesus tells him he is not ready and would in fact deny knowing Jesus. But he also assures Peter and the others that they will follow him later. How? Jesus had said in chapter 12: "Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains alone, but if it dies, it bears much fruit." Jesus meant that he had to die before his salvation could extend to all. When his disciples were ready to follow him in this way, then he could return to take them to their home with his Father and theirs. He showed them the way, the way to true life. His invitation extends to Christians of every generation. We may not have to undergo bloody martyrdom for him, but in some way we must follow him like that grain of wheat that cannot produce fruit unless it first dies. Martyrdom for us may be a life of serving others rather than ourselves. As Jesus said: "I have given you an example, that you should also do as I have done to you." Today we celebrate Mother's Day. There is no better example of that grain of wheat than a selfless mother whose whole life is centered on service of her family. Like Jesus in last Sunday's : gospel she is the door to life. It is through Our mother that we come into the world. As adults we treasure the memories in which we see our mother showing us the way, keeping us in the truth, and bringing us into fullness of life. In honoring our mothers we honor Jesus whom she reflects when like him she became for us the way, the truth, the life that led us to him. Other readings: Acts 6:1-7: I Peter 2:49. commentaries: Excerpts for the weeks ahead commentaries of Father Donald regular feature in the Message. Follow- from the weeks ahead. Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle A: Love and Commandments: Another a direct continuation of last el still within Jesus' Last Supper week that he and the Father are :tion, today's gospel, speaks of May 23, Seventh Sunday of Easter, Cycle A: John 17:1-11. Jesus' Prayer for his Disciples: Pro- tection by the Name. We have reached the final chapter of John's version of the tho ugm expressedby JoB! Ls Last Suppe , r :Since John has freqLier tl ferred back elude that the idea of such a long nares in the farewell address of Moses to the Israelites in the Book of Deuteronomy .... As Moses asks blessings for his people, so Jesus now asks blessings for his disciples. May 30, Pentecost Sunday, Cycle A: John 20:19-23. Pentecost Sunday: the Giving o the  i Spirit. The giving of the Spirit to the disciples of Jesus is depicted in the Gospel of ]ohn and in tain that neitherone of l The giving of the Sptril scends history. : : I ! I Ii L. Lee Mortua00 North Meridiantreet ngton, IN 254-3612 tEPHERD SCHOOL !D KINDERGARTEN Kindergarten _ Catholic education rtification Involvement Care TO REGISTER: 4764477 Support Catholic schools by using the Tradition Card. A percentage of each purchase you make using the Tradition Card goes to support Catholic education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800-777-3949 extension 322 for details. Issued by Citizens Bank. 00a00tb0{ 15% Senior Discount Every Monday! (sUPS, Please Call 12"186.3977 "or Reservations ' Pided Tours Available off Hwy 50 ery, Indiana Axnish Restaurant 'TOUR HOMEMADE EATING PLACE" 9200- Square Feet Under Roof Open Man. and Thur. 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