Sunday, August 5, 2018
Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, 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. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” – John 14:5-7
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” I am thinking that we tend to think of the words of Christ as a listing of three different ideas. But more and more, I believe it is not a listing three different thoughts, but rather a description of a process. Christ used this language of process when speaking of a field of grain … first the stalk, then the head, then the grain, and then the harvest. One step precedes the other in a necessary sequence from the seed of faith to the maturity of the harvest.
The Way of obedience when followed teaches in so doing the Truth, the understanding the wisdom, the whys and the wherefores, and by gaining of this accumulation of wisdom you mature into Life that becomes itself a harvest of Divine Providence. Out of the obedience to my way of self-giving Love you will gain the understanding of the wonder of the power of grace and mercy, and then eventually your initial obedience becomes a human life, Divinely formed. This is how you come to know the Father … through this process of first doing what I do, understanding why I do it, and then living my Life as your own.
I call this Christ’s Process of Becoming, the Christ-ification of our mortal lives … this Way of Obedience that teaches the Truth about God and humanity that that helps us to know the Christ-ified Life.
Always in Christ’s Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz