1. What is the author’s main point in this passage? (MAIN POINT)
The parts that stand out for me are … Jesus is leaving … the relationship between the disciples (us) and God is now complete … Jesus is concerned about how the disciples will manage once he’s gone.
2. What new light do I find in this particular reading of this passage of the text? (NEW LIGHT)
Jesus (God) is affected by us … it matters to him if the disciples believe in him … he doesn’t want them to feel bad later, after they’ve run off and left him to face death alone … he wants them to find courage and peace after his death.
3. Is this passage true to my experience? (TRUTH)
I do find Jesus (in prayer) to be vulnerable and affectable and concerned.
4. What are the implications of this passage for my life? (IMPLICATIONS)
Big time implications. The God I’ve been getting to know is changed by me as much as I am by him. I know he’s supposed to be immutable but nothing changes a person as much as being in love … I’d like yo believe, as Fr. William Barry writes in one of his books, that God is madly in love with us.
5. What problems do I have with this passage? (PROBLEMS)
There seems to be the implication that God loves us because we love Jesus … but I think/hope God loves eceryone.
How does this passage agree with or differ from the beliefs or practices of other religious groups in my experience? (OTHERS)
I don’t know enough about other belief systems to answer this … but I do think there are those, like Deists, who thaink God is remote and uncaring … Yikes! 🙂