May 10, 2020 - 5th Sunday of Easter
(Acts 6:1-7; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12)
Most of us have been either literally or figuratively lost at some time, not knowing which way to go, and feeling a surge of fear and panic. The Apostles in today’s Gospel were feeling lost, because Jesus had just told them he was going to leave them in order to be crucified and die. Thomas said what must have been in all their hearts: “We do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus’s answer might have been confusing. He didn’t give instructions or directions. Instead he told them that he himself was the direction. He said that he was the way, the truth, and the life.
We can understand the meaning of his words only when we realize that he was saying that he was going to the Father and that if we want to go to the Father, we must go through the Son, within the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s how our prayers work and that’s how blessings come to us—always through the Son. We know Jesus, and in knowing him, we come to the Father.
Jesus says that he is “the” way, indicating that he is the only sure path. That’s what Christians were originally known as - “The Way.”
“If then, you ask which way to go, accept Christ, for he is the way....If you ask where to go, cling to Christ, for he is the truth we desire to reach.... If you ask where to remain, remain in Christ, because he is the life.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas