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Children and Parents,

As we continue to shelter in place, here’s a reflection for you to use at home, based on the Gospel reading for this Sunday.

Lesson: The Way, the Truth, and the LifeScriptures: John 14:1-14
Jesus knew that his time on earth would soon be over.  So he gathered his friends together for a Last Supper, and told them that he was leaving.  But his friends didn’t understand.  They were used to seeing Jesus every day.  They were used to traveling with him, and sharing meals with him, and learning about God from him.  They didn’t understand that Jesus was going to die, and that on Easter Sunday, he would rise again.  

When Jesus saw that his friends were confused and worried, he said, “It’s okay.  Don’t be sad.  I will never stop loving you and caring for you.”  He explained that he would still be with them — just in a new way.  Even if they couldn’t see him in person, God’s Spirit would still protect them and guide them.  They would find Jesus in each other, and in the beautiful world God has made, and in the stories and memories they shared together.  “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus told them.  So don’t be afraid.  You know how to find me.  Whenever you love God, and love each other, I will be right there with you, in your heart.

Reflection Questions:

1. Have you ever had to say goodbye to someone you love?  How did it feel?  What did you say or do to make the goodbye easier?

2. In this story, we learn that Jesus is always with us, even when we can’t see him with our eyes.  What are some ways we can see and feel Jesus’s love this week?

3. What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life?”