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Fifth Sunday of Easter | I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life


The account of the last evening of Jesus with his disciples in the Gospel of John includes several speeches, punctuated from time to time by interventions of the disciples. It is most appropriate that these passages are read during the second half of the Easter season as we approach the feast of the Ascension and the return of Jesus to the Father.

Jesus’ first words in today’s passage are words of reassurance which contrast strongly with His earlier prediction of Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial. Thomas asks about the way to the place where Jesus is going. ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,’ says Jesus.

The words of Jesus in John’s Gospel constantly underline that in Him truth and life are to be found. Philip, on the other hand, is impatient to see the Father. Jesus’ reply echoes the constant teaching of this gospel that ‘the only Son has made God known’ (John 1:18). Both the answer to our searching and the satisfaction of our longing are found in Christ. To know Jesus is to know the Father. To see Jesus is to see the Father.

Do I recognize Jesus as the Way or do I reduce Him to a talented prophet and healer? How often do I give in to despondency and anxiety?

Pray for a deeper faith in the person of Jesus, our Lord and our God. Pray for confidence in the continuing presence of Jesus in His Church.

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