In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus encourages us by saying “there are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me”.
Thomas then asks how do we know the way there? And Jesus famously replies “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”
So how do we do it His way?
A big part of it comes from the mission of proclaiming Jesus, his life, death and resurrection – Kerygma.
“Proclamation is the permanent priority of mission. The Church cannot elude Christ’s explicit mandate, nor deprive men and women of the “Good News” about their being loved and saved by God. “Evangelization will always contain—as the foundation, center, and at the same time the summit of its dynamism—a clear proclamation that, in Jesus Christ . . . salvation is offered to all people, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy.” All forms of missionary activity are directed to this proclamation, which reveals and gives access to the mystery hidden for ages and made known in Christ (cf. Eph 3:3-9; Col 1:25-29), the mystery which lies at the heart of the Church’s mission and life, as the hinge on which all evangelization turns.”
And so if you remember, last week’s Gospel was about the ministerial priesthood. Today’s Gospel focuses on the royal priesthood. You and me.
So let us, especially in this time of crisis, reach out to the many who are isolated, lonely, depressed, anxious about the future etc and be to them as Jesus is for us. Both in looking after their physical and spiritual needs.