5th Sunday of Easter – John 14:1 – 12
(Deacon Jim Prosak)
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, soon to be moms, grandmothers, and those who are in
the role of mom. With the Covid-19 virus, this is sure to be a very different Mother’s Day. This
will also be my first Mother’s Day without my mom, who passed to eternal life last September.
I would imagine that most of us at some time or other in our life has asked the question what is
the meaning of life. Many years ago, when I was in college, a friend and I debated this question
over a few beers. Most of our discussion focused on things of the world. We discussed being
successful in our future career; maybe being involved in something life-changing. We talked
about getting married and having a family. Eventually, our discussion led us to God and why He
created us. If I had read the bible more, I could have used today’s Gospel to answer the question
of what is the meaning of life.
Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life”. Jesus is the way – the path and source that
leads to both truth and life. His disciples followed Jesus so closely that the early church was
known as “the way” (Acts 9:2). During his earthly life, Jesus taught us how to live, what to believe,
all we must do to follow Him. The things he taught weren’t just meant for his disciples 2000 years
ago, they were meant for you and me right here, right now. If we are to be true disciples of Jesus,
we must follow His way. His way is the truth that leads us to the Father and to eternal life with
At the end of today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that we are called to continue his work and to achieve
even greater things than He accomplished during his earthly ministry. He built His Church with
growth in mind, generation after generation, founded on Him and the Apostles. Christ describes
himself as the “way”: we show others the way to the degree that we imitate him. He sent apostles
to the four corners of the world, and they still carry out their mission through us. This is the work
he said would be even greater than his ministry on earth. It spread to the entire Roman empire,
then beyond its borders to the whole world. We’re called to continue these “greater works” that
he encouraged his first disciples to do.
During this pandemic, our lives have been turned upside down. We’re teaching our children from
home, working from home, restricting our travels about town, streaming Mass, etc.
For some, it is a juggling act of balancing working from home, teaching our children and keeping them from being bored. But it’s also given families a lot more time to together. For some, their loved one is
in the hospital or extended care facility and they can’t be with them. For others, it’s a lot more
free-time. A number of people have told me their flower beds have never looked so good or their
house is cleanest it been in a long time. Many of us have more time on our hands.
What are you doing with the extra free time? Despite being quarantined, we can still be a disciple
of Jesus. We can read the bible or a good book. If you haven’t read the Matthew Kelly books that the church has given out over the past few years, you could read one of them. You could check out a book from the church library which is still open during the day. There are many good sources on the internet from bible studies, videos, lectures, etc.