Jesus Christ – The Way, The Truth, The Life
In the synagogue, Paul proclaims the risen Christ. That Christ is risen is not merely an important event of the past: it is, as Paul says, “a message of salvation meant for you. We have come here to tell you the Good News.” It is meant for us today.
What is our task and the mission of all Christians in the world today? To proclaim the Good News that Christ is risen and alive among us. To do what Christ did. To be Christ to one another and to the world. For we are God’s priestly and missionary people. We do not stand alone in this task. For the living Christ is with us today as our way, our truth and our life.
1 Reading: ACTS 13:26-33
When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue: “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him, and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets that are read Sabbath after Sabbath. For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him put to death, and when they had accomplished all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are now his witnesses before the people. We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our fathers he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.”
Responsorial Psalm 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab
R. (7bc) You are my Son; this day I have begotten you. or: R. Alleluia.
“I myself have set up my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
this day I have begotten you.” R.
“Ask of me and I will give you
the nations for an inheritance
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall rule them with an iron rod;
you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.” R.
And now, O kings, give heed;
take warning, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
with trembling rejoice. R.
Alleluia John 14:6 Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
No one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel: John 14:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In today’s reading from Acts of the Apostles, Jesus becomes Son of God with his resurrection. But was he the Son of God before that? The answer is “yes” if we are speaking solely in terms of his being. But the true Christ as a life-giving son, constituted in power, comes only with his resurrection, as Paul himself teaches (Rom 1:1-4). And regardless of how he may have been seen previously, he is now confirmed as Son of God, as the agent of effective sanctification.
In one of John’s most celebrated passages, Jesus today speaks of the dwelling places that have been prepared for us in the life to come.
Jesus himself is the access to our heavenly dwelling. In a full acceptance of Christ—his person and his teaching—we have accepted the way. No one can approach the Father except through him. In the truth as well, he stands as the living expression of God’s fidelity to his promises. In the life, we share the Holy Spirit that unites him and the Father.
Tolle et legge! “Take up and read!” St. Jerome said that to be ignorant of the scriptures is to be ignorant of Christ. There are many spiritual treatises that shed light on our calling. Roman documents serve as guideposts on our way. But none of these is a substitute for the scriptures.
To take one Gospel and read prayerfully one chapter each day would take us less than a month. To respond to the Gospels in faith leads ultimately to that heavenly dwelling that has been prepared for us.
Christ is the way, the truth, the life to us and to everyone. If he is indeed, living among us, then we ought to be to one another and to the whole world the way, the truth and the life. May God bless us for this mission, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!