Scripture Reflections

May 8: Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Posted by Campus Ministry on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM PDT

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I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.

Dear friends,

In today’s gospel Jesus consoles his apostles, who are sad and disheartened at the prospect of his death, by assuring them that he is going to prepare an everlasting place for them in his Father’s house in heaven. He gives them the assurance that he will come back to take them to heaven. It is then that Thomas says to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus answers Thomas’ question with, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

The basic doctrine of Judaism is that Yahweh is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Hence, Jesus is making the revolutionary claim that he is equivalent to Yahweh. By this declaration, and for the Christian believers, Jesus is the safest and surest way to God. Living a good life of sharing love is necessary to reach God. Jesus is the Way, which he calls narrow, for it is the way of loving, sacrificial service. Jesus is the Truth, who revealed truths about God and God’s relationship with us in his teaching. Jesus also taught moral truths by demonstrating them in his life. Jesus is the Life because he himself shares the Eternal Life of God, and because He shares his Divine Life with his disciples through the Word of God and the Sacraments.

On our part, we should share the Divine Life of God with others, especially with those whose lives are troubled and who are disheartened at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. By our loving actions we will be bringing assurances and hope to them. We should also make use of the sacramental means Jesus established in his Church—notably, by active participation, when it is safe to do so, at mass and proper reception of Holy Communion, as well as worthy reception of the other sacraments; by the meditative and daily reading of the Word of God; by following the guidance of the life-giving Spirit of God, living in the Church and within us; by communicating with God, the Source of Life, in personal and family prayers; and by going to God to be reconciled with Him and with others.

Amen.

 

Fr. Colleen Nsame, SJ