I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus is with his disciples at the Last Supper. He knows that he will soon be facing death, and he wants to reassure his friends that he is going to his Father. The disciples ask for proof, but Jesus, instead, asks them to trust in him. When Thomas says, ‘Show us the way,’ Jesus replies, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.’ When Philip asks, ‘Let us see the Father,’ Jesus’ response is, ‘I am in the Father and the Father is in me.’ He is reminding the disciples of all that they have seen while they have been with him. They have heard his teaching, seen his miracles and come to know him. Only moments earlier, he has shown them a striking example of his ‘Way’ by washing their feet. This is the way of love that Jesus calls his disciples to follow.

Having faith does not mean that we know all the answers. Christian faith is a loving relationship with Jesus. Unlike Thomas, Philip and the other apostles, we have not met Jesus face to face. We have come to know him through the Word of God and the sacraments – by sharing in the life of the Church. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe,’ and he was speaking of the many disciples like us, who would come to know him through the witness of the apostles. He calls us to trust him and follow him.

In today’s Second Reading, St Peter calls Jesus the ‘cornerstone,’ and says that we disciples are ‘living stones’ making up God’s house. At present, our churches are closed and we cannot worship together. Nevertheless, by our  baptism we are living stones and a holy priesthood. The house of God is not confined to a building: it is built wherever there is faith in Christ, and loving service to our neighbour. There are many rooms in our Father’s house.

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