I am the Way….

By Fr Julius OLAITAN ( Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, VI, Lagos)

 

Dear friends in Christ, it can be scary to make a journey to the unknown, to pass through the dark, without adequate lighting, to begin a venture in an area that is very new. It is even more scary when you get to know that those who have attempted such a journey or enterprise before you did not make it successfully. It takes a brave heart to attempt landing on the moon, to travel out to space for the first time, to journey across the Mediterranean sea in the first aeroplane, etc. Yet today, some of these have become a regular journey and enterprise.

In the Gospel of today(John14:1-6), Jesus tells his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.” The occasion here followed what we read yesterday at the Last Supper, Jesus had told his disciples that, “I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen, It is that the scripture may be fulfilled. ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his hand against me.’” In this, Jesus was talking about the betrayal of Judas and warning the disciples to be prepared for those days of his passion and death. They were troubled too, that one of them will betray Jesus, though they sought to know who in particular it was, but even at that, it was beyond belief. Those coming days, will be terrifying for everyone. But even in this time of confusion, Jesus assured them that his going was necessary, so that he will go to prepare a place for them in the Father’s house. It is a bitter-sweet experience. Thomas then asked him, “Lord we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” That was a good question. Jesus however gave the assurance; everything has to do with faith. “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

We are not traveling through the world and its dark alleys without a light because Jesus is light; we are not travelling on unknown paths, because Jesus is our way; We are not in doubt about where we are going, Jesus is the truth; even if we lose our lives for him, we shall have it back, because Jesus is life. We are the most fortunate of people. If only we cherish what we have in Christ, we have nothing to fear. So he says, “Let not your hearts be troubled.”

The first reading(Acts 13:26-33) continues the mission of Paul and Barnabas who sought to show the way to others that they may know the truth and come to the life promised by Jesus. Here is the mission Jesus has given to us all, to become the Apostles of our own time. What is your contribution to the salvation of others? Show them the right way, teach them the truth, so that we may all come to eternal life. Be in the forefront of doing what you belief and teach others.

Let us pray: Lord, you are the way, and the truth and the life. Give us the courage to follow you and so come to the eternal life you promised. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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