Love is shown more in deeds than in words.


The farther we travel down this road of life the greater is the realization that this is not our home––heaven is.
The disciples of Jesus had good reason to be “troubled” because as they reclined at the table a few moments earlier He spoke of the traitor in their midst, and His leaving them and going where they could not follow. Jesus saw in their faces that night confusion, hurt, disappointment, fear, frustration and bewilderment. Their world was caving in around them like an earthquake. The disciples are “troubled” about what Jesus has been revealing to them about His death and resurrection.
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” Jesus is consoling His disciples and revealing a greater understanding of Himself to them. These are the words of the Good Shepherd comforting the hearts of His troubled sheep. “You believe in God, believe also in Me” is the revelation of His own heart to them.
The disciples have forebodings of what is to come shortly. They may not fully grasp the horror of Jesus’ impending death, but they know something bad is going to happen soon. And He wants to calm them, to reassure them, to reinforce what He has taught them over their time together. Jesus tells them He is going to prepare a “place” for them in His Father’s “house,” and that they know the way to this place. This way, Jesus promised He was going to prepare a place for us. We all want to find out why He made us. We want to contribute to God’s plan of salvation as only we can. We want meaning and fulfillment in our lives. Our hearts are troubled until we are what the Lord has called us to be and we’re doing what He’s called us to do.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(John 14:6)
These are words by which Jesus communicates the profound characteristic of Himself, human and divine. With these words a disciple is inspired to accept Jesus’ invitation: “You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” Within these words we find the theological virtues by which we can be more Christlike.
Faith requires a decision to follow Christ, the way. Hope longs for meaning and for promise in life and Christ is the meaning, the truth that inspires hope. Love searches for a heart that can receive love and create life, and Christ is the life, the source of love and receiver of our love.
Faith reveals the way, hope reveals the truth and love reveals the love of Christ, our way, our truth and our life. St Ignatius advised that love is shown more in deeds than in words. And Jesus, as portrayed in this gospel, is a man of action. Jesus moves through his community, teaching, healing and bringing hope. Can we be enlivened emulating the ways of Jesus? We can ponder the gospel narratives and make small changes in our lives that align us more with the way of Jesus.

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