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John 14:1-14 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: May 10, 2023

On this Fifth Sunday of Easter we hear the familiar Scripture passage of Jesus speaking with his closest friends about the meaning of life with God. Jesus explains the intimate connection we have with God, in Christ, and how that life of faith and love begins now, and continues forever. We will discuss how "having life" in Christ is participating in the meaning and mission of God in the world, and what that means for our daily lives.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to John. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (John 14:1-14).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture lesson for the week. Did any words or phrases catch your attention, and if so, what made them stand out for you? This lesson is very often read at funeral services: reflect on the powerful message of hope in the resurrection stated in this lesson...and what does that mean to you?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below and reflect on the following questions: in what way is Jesus the "way" of discipleship for you? What does it mean to you, and to your life, that Jesus is described as the "truth" and the "life?"

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's opening sentence (which is a question) - is belief in Jesus necessary for hope beyond death? How can Christians claim their belief in Jesus and all that he proclaims in the Gospel, yet remain open to what God is doing through the divine mysteries understood through other religious traditions?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's statement that the disciples face a new understanding of the messiah as Jesus is crucified, "his crucifixion will mean the death of how they understand the messianic message and mission." How is this challenge for the disciples our challenge as well?

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