“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.
How often do we feel like Thomas here? A disciple of Jesus, with faith in God, but we have no idea where Jesus is leading us.
For me, that seems like the everyday reality. So we make ourselves into sleuths, seeking any clue from above as to what direction we should be heading. We might ask ourselves: was that coincidence actually a coincidence or was it God trying to show me something? I don’t think this sleuthing what Jesus is asking of us though. The only clue worth recognizing and contemplating is Jesus himself. I think he simply wants us to keep our eyes, minds, and hearts fixed on him.
When we feel lost, look to Jesus. He is the way.
When we feel confused or not sure what to believe, listen to Jesus. He is the truth.
When we feel spiritually dead, give everything to Jesus. He is the life
—Jake Derry is the Campus Ministry Associate at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
You are the way, the truth, the life
Without the way there is no going
Without the truth there is no knowing
Without the life there is no growing
Show us the way, that we may go
Teach us the truth, that we may know
Grant us the life, that we may grow
—Ted Tracy, SJ
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