Most of us today use satellite navigation to find the way from A to B. We sometimes hear the voice from the device saying “re-calculating” and we can get annoyed as it asks us to do so some impossible driving manoeuvre to get back on track. Sometimes we just plain ignore the instructions and try to find our own way. Sometimes this works and unfortunately sometimes it does not.

In today’s Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Easter, we hear Jesus teaching us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life[1] and very importantly he adds “No one can come to the Father except through me.[2] There are no side turns, no re-calculating, there we have it – Jesus is the only way to the Father. St. Paul teaches us that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.[3] So there are no deliberate blind alleys put in our way.

There are many ways which are the world’s ways - do not take them for they lead to no through roads. There are many so-called truths out there - do not believe in them – for Jesus Christ is “the whole of God’s truth (which) has been made manifest.[4] ‘Full of grace and truth’, he came as the ‘light of the world.’”[5] He assures us that I am come into the world as light, to prevent anyone who believes in me from staying in the dark anymore.[6]

There are many supporting the culture of death – do not listen to them. We believe in the Risen Christ, the one who leads us to the Father in no uncertain ways. For He is the “mediator and fullness of all Revelation.[7]

We have the Scriptures, as interpreted by the Magisterium of the Church; we have Tradition; the writings of the Fathers; the examples of the Saints - all of which help us in following Him.

No need to get out the Sat-Nav or a map to discover the way to our heavenly home. We have a Person, Jesus Christ, true God, and true Man who is the Way, is the Truth and the Life.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Jn.14:6

[2] Ibid.

[3] 1 Tim. 2:4

[4] Catechism of the Catholic Church #2466

[5] Jn.1:14; 8:12, cf. 14:6

[6] Jn.12:46

[7] Dei Verbum 2.

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