New Insights on the Gospels

March for Life 2012

Evil triumphs when good men do nothing - Edmund Burke

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jesus, the way that leads us to the Father - Pope John Paul II


Jesus, the way that leads us to the Father

We 'reach' God through the truth about God and through the truth about everything outside God: about the creation, the macrocosm, and about human nature, the microcosm. We 'reach' God through the truth proclaimed by Christ, through the truth that Christ actually is. We reach God in Christ, who continually assures us: 'I am the truth.' And this 'reaching' God through the truth which is Christ is the source of life. It is the source of eternal life, which begins on earth in 'the darkness of faith' to reach its fullness in the vision of God 'face to face' - in the light of the glory where he abides for ever.

Christ gives us this life, for he is life, exactly as he says: 'I am the life.' 'I am the way, the truth and the life.'

Jesus is the Son of God and he is of the same substance as the Father. God from God and Light from Light, he became a human being to be the way which would lead us to the Father. During his earthly life he spoke ceaselessly about the Father. To him, to the Father, he directed the thoughts and hearts of all who listened to him. In a sense, he shared God's Fatherhood with them, and this appears particularly in the prayer he taught to his own disciples: the Our Father.

At the end of his messanic mission on earth, the day before his passion and death, Jesus said to the Apostles: 'In my Father's house there are many places to live in; otherwise I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you' (John 14:2).

If the Gospel is a revelation of the truth that human life is a pilgrimage towards the Father's house, it is also a summons to the faith by which we journey as pilgrims: a call to pilgrim faith. Christ says: 'I am the way, the truth and the life.'

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