2020 Year “A” Fifth Sunday of Easter, 10 May 2020
“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” Jn. 14:5
Today’s gospel is part of Jesus’ colloquy with the Apostles on the night before He died. These are His parting words to His apostles before He leaves them, and He wants to console them to realize that, although it is necessary that He leaves them, He will prepare a place for them in heaven: “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father’s house there are many mansions. Were it not so, I should have told you so, because I go to prepare a place for you.” Jn. 14:1-2 Herein, is the whole gospel message; we should not be troubled by anything in this world. We believe in God so we should believe in Jesus who is His Son. Jesus has come to save us, and He will now go and prepare a place for us in heaven where there are many mansions for His devoted friends. We should have not fear that will be lost or abandoned for we have Jesus who tells us: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jn. 14:5 Jesus is now going to the Father in heaven where there are many mansions for His followers. If we want to go to the Father, then we must go through Jesus: “No one comes to the Father but through me.” Jn. 14:5. Only by following Jesus and obeying His commandments can we gain eternal life: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even if he die, shall live.” Jn. 11:25
“I am the Way…” Jn. 14:5
Jesus answer Thomas’ question about not knowing where He is going: “Lord, we do not know where you are going , and how can we know the way?” Jn. 14:5 Thomas is talking about a physical destination, but Jesus is speaking of a spiritual one, returning to His Father. Jesus then tells him that this destination is so lofty that only He can bring them there. He is the way to the Father: “I am the way…” To go to the Father, we must go through the person of Jesus who is the way to the Father: “No one comes to the Father, but through me.” Jn. 14:5 Jesus not only shows them the way to the Father, but He is the destination too. He is the “the truth and the life.” Why, because He and the Father are one. Jesus is the truth that reveals the Father.
“I am the Truth…” Jn. 14:5
Jesus is the truth that reveals the Father because He and the Father are equal in all things. Jesus answers Philip’s question, to show them the Father, by telling him that in seeing Jesus, he sees the Father too: “Philip, he who sees me sees also the Father. (How canst thou say, ‘Show us the Father?’) Dost thou do not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me.” Jn. 14:9-10. The great truth and, possibly the only really important truth on which all other truths rest, is Jesus Christ is both God and man. As a divine person, He is equal to the Father in all things. When we see Jesus, we see the Father also. This great revelation by Jesus is a most helpful to us in understanding God. By becoming man, the Son of God made the divine nature perceptible to our limited, finite minds. In meditating on the life of Jesus, we can see the divine nature shown through the human actions of Jesus. . We see His goodness, His mercy, His charity, His humility, His meekness, and we can thus see how much God loves us and how he wants to share His life with us.
“I am the Life…” Jn.14:5
Not only is Jesus Christ the “life” because He is the God of life, but He is also wants to share His life with us: “For as the Father raises the dead and give them life, even so o the Son also gives to life to whom He wills.” Jn. 5:22 This sharing of God’s life with us creatures comes to us even here in this life when we are “…reborn again of water and the Holy Spirit.” Jn. 3:5 and we receive sanctifying grace wish is a sharing in the God’s divine life in our souls. This is why Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” Jn. 10:10 Sharing in the “life” of Jesus is the constant subject of Jesus’ mission: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even if he die, shall live.” Jn. 11:25 Jesus goes so far as to share His divine life by giving us His own flesh to eat: “I am the bread of life.. I am the living bread that has come down from heaven. If anyone eat of this bread, he shall live forever and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Jn. 6:48 & 51-2.
“Draw near to Him a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured by God.”
In giving us His life, Jesus shares with us many blessings. In the First Reading, we see how the Apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are guided to ordain deacons to help in their ministry. After the deacons are ordained, “The word of the Lord continued to spread, and the number of the disciples increased rapidly in Jerusalem.” Acts 6:9. In the Second Reading from I Peter, we see how all those who share in the life of Jesus are so very blessed in this life: “You, however, are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people; that you may proclaim the perfections of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” I Pt. 2:9 Oh! What a heritage is ours to be called from darkness and to share in a special way in the light of Christ as His people, His race and His priestly people.
Children of Light
Let us not forget that we are children ofGod, temples of the Holy Spirit and sons and daughters of the Light who is Christ.We should not be depressed nor should we fear especially in light of recent scandals in the Church. Nothing happened without God willing it or permitting it.Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth and the life.”It is His Church and we are His priestly people who offer up sacrifice in union with the eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, to the Father for the His glory and praise.Let us, St. Paul would say, be “the praise ofHis glory” Eph. 1:12and repent of our sins.Let us pray for the Church during these ties of purification!Let us especially listen to Our Lady’s Fatima message and pray the Holy Rosary. She warned us that the good would be persecuted and that the Holy Father would have much to suffer in these time