The only way

Readings for Friday May 8, 2009

First Reading:  Acts 13:26-33
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 2
Gospel:  John 14:1-6

"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.' "  (John 14:5-6)

Simplicity.  In our world, this is not always something that comes easy for us.  It seems as though we tend to make many things in our lives long and complicated.  However, knowing this about human nature, Jesus makes it very clear for the disciples and for us in today's gospel.  Thomas becomes confused about what Jesus is saying about where He is going (I am also wiling to bet the other disciples had the same question, just unwilling to speak up).  Jesus makes it very clear to Thomas and the others; He doesn't draw them a map, lay out a strategic plan, or give them a 12 step program.  He simply tells them that He is the way and the truth and the life.  

In this complicated world, it can become very easy for us to get confused about what we are to do and for us to feel pulled in many different directions.  It is through prayer that we need to simply let go of the complicated and to just remember that all we really need to do is follow Jesus, because He is the way and the truth and the life.  If we want to make it to heaven and to our heavenly Father then we must go through Christ.  

Christ is not just a nice thought, a fad, or a suggested way of living; He is the way ... the only way.

Father above, we thank you for the gift of this life.  Lord, we thank you and give you praise for the many gifts in our lives.  Lord, help our hearts be formed to your will, so that we may be good and faithful servants of you.  Lord, we pray for all our political leaders, that they may come to value the dignity of all people and to protect life at all stages.  We ask this all through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

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