“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
We live in a culture where all too often we want to see the replay before we even see the play. How often whilst watching a sporting event on TV will someone in the room yell “show us the darn replay!” . . . even having just witnessed the play. I suppose this comes from some deep-seated obsession with knowledge.
To know more gives us the illusion that we are more, that we have more control, more power over the plethora of phenomena that confront us. Unless we can see the whole forest we are not content with seeing a few trees. Something akin seems to going on with Thomas today with his question, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
Jesus never promises us the certainty of complete knowledge; ‘merely’ the prospects of revelation. And revelation not in the form of syllogistic and systematic philosophical propositions but revelation as the unfolding of the Divine Will in himself. In other words, Revelation as an on-going process of discovering, choosing, and following God’s will at every moment in life.
Every great journey begins with a tiny step . . . and often enough that tiny step is all that we are given to see. So when Jesus offers himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, don’t expect to see the whole way, know the whole truth, or live the perfect life; but hopefully enough of the way to keep walking, and enough of the way to keep believing, and enough of life to keep living . . . sharing that Life with others.
—Fr. Charles Rodrigues, S.J., Associate Novice Director at the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado, St. Paul, MN. For more information on Jesuit vocations, click here.
Lord, strengthen our resolve to follow when the way is hazy and our footsteps are not secure. Strengthen our understanding and acceptance that revelation is a process of discovering, choosing, and following you wherever we are in our day, in our life. And should we struggle with taking that first step, assure us that we need but move forward one step at a time in response to your call.
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