FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER MAY 17, 2019
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 14:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way." 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."
REFLECTION: "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."
Twice on my way home from Fort Worth, I have gotten lost in Waco. I wandered around the first time and finally decided to recheck the GPS and sure enough I had taken the wrong turn. The second time I got lost, I was hurrying to beat the bad storms and tornadoes that were reportedly nearby . Again I took the wrong turn but this time there was a sense of urgency. First time, I was not paying attention. The second time I was rushing and in so doing got lost.
Our lives are a long lived journey towards God. Sometimes we have smooth trips and other times we get lost in our busyness, our own petulant selves, our pride and lack of humility but mainly we fail to see the way the dear Lord wants us to go. St Teresa of Calcutta once said that to know and learn from Jesus follow His life and quit reading books about Jesus (Paraphrased) To be always with Jesus and to be like Him, we need to read and meditate on the New Testament. We should learn the details of His life, His commandments, His attitudes and His love. We should read the gospel as if Jesus was there with us, reading to us, meeting us with love so that we don't find ourselves in times of need or urgency unaware of where our Lord is.
May our priests who have been theologically trained show us the correct and direct path to God, helping us avoid any pot holes or dead ends.