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Which Way to the Truth

November 25, 2016

Paul, lays it out there, doesn’t he?  No halfway about it.  When he is invited to speak, he does not hold back.  He tells Antioch all that has happened, that God raised Jesus from the dead.  And he reminds the people it was all told by the prophets.  In this, the wisdom of the Lord is shown: Paul’s reputation as a learned man is brought to bear – on the Pharisees!  And, so, on through Asia and into Europe he goes.

And then we hear Jesus reassuring his disciples.  He has washed their feet, and instructed them do likewise for one another.  To live a life of service and to love one’s neighbor as yourself.  Now he is reminding them that he has to go.

He begins with reassurance, “do not let your hearts be troubled.”  Well, Peter, he frequently stumbles, Andrew tries to bring answers that seem a little too simple, Philip asks lots of questions, Thomas – the twin – he doubts, and Judas? He betrays… and they are all… us.  So Thomas, the doubter, counters with, “We do not know where you are going and we do not know the way.”  Thomas and his friends do not know what is to come to be, but the Lord is going to show them – and us – how to get there.  Jesus says I AM.  Ego emi.  Simple language?  No.  Remember, the Temple Guards heard ‘I AM’ in the garden of Gethsemane – and fell in fear to the ground, trembling in fear!  (Can you imagine sitting around this table?… Because we are!)

So, the first is the way.  In order to get to the Father, we must follow the way.  Which means, we must apply Jesus to our lives.  In order to get to him we must take these teachings and apply them to our everyday actions.  We must surrender our old ways in order to do this.  And it’s hard!  Very hard.  Our frailties have a long and hard hold on us.  I was watching Family Feud with my daughter, and one of the questions was, “A place where you find hypocrites?”  The Number 1 answer, of course, was in a Church!  It’s true, right?  But that’s alright; that’s why we come.  To listen and to learn.

The second is the truth.  We must take the teachings of the Lord and lead others to him. How?  By living a life that is identifiable to others as being a disciple.  Last week I mentioned “they will know we are Christians by our love.”  We will lead others to him by the love we show to one another; yes, even to those who profess to do us wrong.

Lastly, the life.  We need to always keep sight of the reason why behind it all.  And that is to spend an eternity with God.  Our ultimate goal.

All the tools we need for this are in Scripture.  And in Church teachings.  In the Catechism.  The right way is never the easy way.  No, it is guaranteed never to be the easy way.  But nothing ever worth doing was going to be easy.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


Love, Papa

April 22, 2016, Friday, Fourth Friday of Easter

Acts 13: 26-33.  God has fulfilled his promise by raising Jesus from the dead.

Responsorial Psalm 2: 7bc –  You are my Son; this day I have begotten you. (Ps 2:7bc)

John 14: 1-6.  I am the way and the truth and the life.




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