We have important teaching from the Lord Jesus this Sunday. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.[1] The discourse in which this contains is from the Last Supper section and is called one of the Farewell discourses.

Whenever you are going somewhere you need to know the way. How often have you not familiarised yourself with the route and found yourself lost? I know I have.

Thomas asks the question “How can we know the way?” Jesus’ answer (as above) means that “Christian hope is not in a method, not in a procedure, but in a person.”[2] It is so easy to get involved in methods in the spiritual life – the best prayer, the best novena, the best spiritual guide book. Yet, we can so easily forget the end of the journey. Jesus promises us in this Gospel reading “Do not let your hearts be troubled, ‘Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not I should have told you.[3] We have to learn through prayer and correspondence with grace to trust the Lord, to believe in Him while letting ourselves step back in humility.

We can have some extra directions to keep us on the Way. For,“St. Francis de Sales tells us that Jesus is the way to the Father through what he teaches, for by keeping to this teaching we will reach heaven; through faith, which he inspires; through his example, since no one can go to the Father without imitating the Son; through his merits, which make it possible for us to enter our heavenly home; and above all he is the way because he reveals the Father, with whom he is one because of his divine nature. “No one comes to the Father except through me.[4] Left to its own natural powers humanity does not have access to the “Father’s house,” to God’s life and happiness. Only Christ can open to man such access that we, his members, might have confidence that we too shall go “where He, our Head and our Source, has preceded us.[5]

So, be sure of the way, be sure that you are following Truth Himself, and know that it is through the Lord Jesus you will find Life Eternal!

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Jn14:6

[2] The Collegeville Bible Commentary, New Testament, p.105

[3] Jn.14:1-3

[4] Jn.14:6

[5] Catechism of the Catholic Church #661 & http://blessedsacramentchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-05-10-5th-Sunday-of-Easter-Cycle-A.pdf