- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 14
The Last Supper and Table Discourse (2) — “Do not be afraid.”
The disciples were troubled to hear from Jesus that he was going to be betrayed by one of them, and to be denied by Peter, and that they could not come to where Jesus was going to. Jesus comforted them, “ Do not let your heart be troubled.” Assurance and promise was Jesus’ answer for them to believe.
The promise of Presence —- “ I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” (v 18). His promise to be with them was great comforting word to the disciples. How could he be with them after he left? Jesus gave them answer in his teachings and He asked them to believe it and trust what he said. “I am the way, the truth, and life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” (v6) is the confessional celebration of faith in God through Jesus, and of living relationship with Jesus.
The promise of the Holy Spirit —- Another name of the Holy Spirit is Counselor, the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit is indwelling God with power, comfort and wisdom, to be with believers forever, to live with them, to teach them, and to remind them of everything Jesus taught.
The promise of peace — The peace that Jesus promised is eternal peace, coming from God, not from condition of this world. This peace comes from our living relationship with Jesus, trusting him his promise of presence and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus left the Passover feast table with his disciples. His suffering and Passion waited for him.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.