(5th Sunday of Easter)
In the Gospel according to St John, we find Our Lord had a discourse with the Apostles immediately after He instituted the Mass. This Sunday’s Gospel (John 14:1-12) form part of this discourse. Amongst the beautiful things He said includes the famous phrase; “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.
In this powerful sentence, Our Lord tells us He does not simply give direction and advice; He is personally the Way, the unique means of salvation; the way to God. Others claim to teach the truth; only Our Lord can say ‘I am’ the Truth. In his very person he embodies the Truth about God, and the truth about humanity.
He is also the Life; He communicates the life He shares with the Father, giving the kind of life that only God can give; eternal happiness.
In his book, ‘The Imitation of Christ’, Thomas Kempis wrote; ‘Without the Way, there is no going, without the Truth, there is no knowing, without the Life there is no living’. What Kempis is saying is that without Christ, we are lost. Without He, who is ‘true God and true man’, humanity is lost. May we follow the Way, know the Truth, and find true Life – always.
God bless, Fr Michael