John 14:6-12 NRSVue

6Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, but if you do not, then believe because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Jesus does not just want to help me, to give me insight or advice. He wants to draw me into the very heart of life, the source of goodness; he invites me to be with him 'in the Father'.

Jesus invites us to look in and to look out: an interior eye appreciates the movement of God's spirit as I am drawn in to the life of Jesus and the Father; I look out to recognise and appreciate where God is working around me.

Prayer does not remove me from the world, but deepens my ability to live in it with savour, calm and purpose. My words and actions can bring peace, justice and hope.