“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
There is often a question raised that people don’t know how to answer…”What is your favorite story of Jesus?” When was the last time you were asked that question? Commonly people believe that they know Jesus, but have no recollection of any stories. This question invites people to remember. In knowing some stories of Jesus, one can grow in understanding who Jesus is. This may hint towards the way, the truth and the life.
In the gospel today, Thomas asks a real question; and, without remembering and noticing who Jesus is and what Jesus does, it is challenging to know “the way.” Ignatian imaginative contemplation offers an opportunity to be with Jesus as he shares his life. Place yourself in the scene, using all of your senses to help imagine, and notice Jesus’ gentle way of inviting others to notice, to watch, and to walk.
What is your favorite story of Jesus? Where are you in that story?
—Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE. He is a spiritual director and offers parish missions and retreats in the style of Ignatian Spirituality.
Heavenly Father, help me believe that I am loved in spite of my ongoing incompetence, littleness, and brokenness. Help me remember that our brokenness is why you came. Help me not be afraid to come close to you, in any way, at any minute of the day or night.
—Heather King, from her book, Holy Desperation