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Jesus the Way to the Father  Jn.14.1-14

1'Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always; trust also in me. 2There are many dwelling-places in my Father's house; if it were not so I should have told you; for I am going there on purpose to prepare a place for you. Or: if it were not so, should I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am you may be also; 4and my way there is known to you.' Some witnesses read: also. You know where I am going and you know the way. 5Thomas said, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?' 6Jesus replied, 'I am the way; I am the truth and I am life; no one comes to the Father except by me.

7'If you knew me you would know my Father too. Some witnesses read: If you know me you will know my Father too. From now on you do know him; you have seen him.' 8Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father and we ask no more.' 9Jesus answered, 'Have I been all this time with you, Philip, and you still do not know me? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. Then how can you say, "Show us the Father?" 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? I am not myself the source of the words I speak to you: it is the Father who dwells in me doing his own work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else accept the evidence of the deeds themselves. 12In truth, in very truth I tell you, he who has faith in me will do what I am doing; and he will do greater things still because I am going to the Father. 13Indeed anything you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask Some witnesses insert: me. anything in my name I will do it.

The Promise of the Spirit  Jn.14.15-31

15'If you love me you will obey my commands; 16and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another to be your Advocate, who will be with you for ever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive him, because the world neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he dwells with you and is Some witnesses read: shall be. in you. 18I will not leave you bereft; I am coming back to you. 19In a little while the world will see me no longer, but you will see me; because I live, you too will live; 20then you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me and I in you. 21The man who has received my commands and obeys them—he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father; and I will love him and disclose myself to him.'

22Judas asked him—the other Judas, not Iscariot—'Lord, what can have happened, that you mean to disclose yourself to us alone and not to the world?' 23Jesus replied, 'Anyone who loves me will heed what I say; then my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him; 24but he who does not love me does not heed what I say. And the word you hear is not mine: it is the word of the Father who sent me. 25I have told you all this while I am still here with you; 26but your Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will call to mind all that I have told you.

27'Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, such as the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears. 28You heard me say, "I am going away, and coming back to you." If you loved me you would have been glad to hear that I was going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. 29I have told you now, beforehand, so that when it happens you may have faith.

30'I shall not talk much longer with you, for the Prince of this world approaches. He has no rights over me; 31but the world must be shown that I love the Father, and do exactly as he commands; so up, let us go forward! Or: for the Prince of this world is coming, though he has nothing in common with me. But he is coming so that the world may recognize that I love the Father, and do exactly as he commands. Up, let us go forward to meet him!


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