Friday, May 16, 2014

The way

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
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May 18, 2014

John 14: 1-12

At the end of the Last Supper, the disciples begin to sense that Jesus won't be with them much longer. Judas' hasty exit, the announcement that Peter would soon deny him, Jesus' words, speaking of his impending departure, have left everyone baffled and dejected. What will become of them?

Jesus gets their sadness and confusion. His heart is touched. Forgetting himself and what awaits him, Jesus tries to cheer them up. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me." Later in the course of conversation, Jesus makes this profession to them: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." They must never forget it.

"I am the way." The problem of quite a few people is not that they're lost or misguided. Simply, they have no path, lost in a kind of labyrinth -- walking and retracing the thousands of paths that slogans and fads from outside are showing them.

And what can men or women do when they don't have a path? Who can they turn to? Where can they go? If they approach Jesus, what they'll find is not a religion but a way. Sometimes they'll advance with faith; other times, they'll find difficulties. They might even regress, but this is the correct path that leads to the Father. That is Jesus' promise.

"I am the truth." These words contain an invitation that's shocking to modern ears. Everything isn't reduced to reason. Scientific theory doesn't contain the whole truth. The ultimate mystery of reality doesn't let itself be caught by the most sophisticated analyses. Humans have to live with the ultimate mystery of reality.

Jesus is presented as the way that leads to and approaches that ultimate Mystery. God doesn't impose. He doesn't force anyone with proof or evidence. The ultimate Mystery is silence and respectful attraction. Jesus is the way that can open us to His Goodness.

"I am the life." Jesus can change our lives. Not like the distant teacher who has left an admirable legacy of wisdom to humankind, but like someone alive who, from the very depths of our being, injects a seed of new life into us.

Jesus' action in us almost always happens discretely and quietly. The believer himself only senses an imperceptible presence. Sometimes, however, we are pervaded by certainty, uncontainable joy, and complete confidence. God exists, He loves us, everything is possible, even eternal life. We will never understand the Christian faith if we don't accept Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.

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