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John 14: 1 — 14

5th Sunday After Easter     Year A

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1    1 2  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God;
      have faith also in me.

2    In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there
      were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a
      place for you?

3    3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back
      again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may
      be.

4    Where (I) am going you know the way.”4

5    Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are
      going; how can we know the way?”

6    Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth 5  and the life.
      No one comes to the Father except through me.

7    If you know me, then you will also know my Father. 6  From
      now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8    Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, 7  and that
      will be enough for us.”

9    Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
      and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me
      has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

10  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is
      in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my
      own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.

11  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
      or else, believe because of the works themselves.

12  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do
      the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these,
      because I am going to the Father.

13  And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the
      Father may be glorified in the Son.

14  If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

1 [1-31] Jesus’ departure and return. This section is a dialogue marked off by a literary inclusion in John 14:1, 27: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

2 [1] You have faith: could also be imperative: “Have faith.”

3 [3] Come back again: a rare Johannine reference to the parousia; cf 1 John 2:28.

4 [4] The way: here, of Jesus himself; also a designation of Christianity in Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22.

5 [6] The truth: in John, the divinely revealed reality of the Father manifested in the person and works of Jesus. The possession of truth confers knowledge and liberation from sin ( John 8:32).

6 [7] An alternative reading, “If you knew me, then you would have known my Father also,” would be a rebuke, as in John 8:19.

7 [8] Show us the Father: Philip is pictured asking for a theophany like Exodus 24:9-10; 33:18.

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