The Good News for the day, April 27, 2018
Friday in the Fourth Week of Easter (283)
Jesus speaks to those inspired by Him: “Don’t let your heart get troubled. You have some faith in God; have faith in me, too. In my Father’s home there are many places to stay. If there weren’t, I would I have told you so—because I am on my way to get a place ready for you. If I DO I go and get a place ready for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that where I am, you may be, too. Where I am going you already know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Sir, we have no idea where you are going; how can we possibly know the way there?” Jesus explained to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14)
Where does Jesus Go? Is he the “way” because His bible and church are the “way” to salvation? Is He the “truth” because the “truth” of church doctrine IS ultimate truth—excluding sources? Is He the “life” beyond us—divine, mystical, and unknowable?
These questions came to Thomas—but they are your questions and mine. What is Jesus saying to you and me? The Last Supper finished, feet washed, words of love and affection (vine and branches) spoken—now He talks about His “going” and your “place to stay,” then about Himself as the Way, Truth and Life.
With Thomas, you and I are left puzzled. Except in imagination, few of us have any real idea of “our Father’s house,” or “heaven” or where Jesus “is going.” The “way” seems both very complicated and—at other times—very—utterly—simple. When Pontius Pilate asks Jesus, “What is ‘truth’?” Jesus is silent. As for “life and “eternal life,”—these, too, are mysteries that seem impenetrable. Rightly, we ask what Jesus means with these words—the message to your heart?
“Don’t Let your heart get troubled,” seems the key. Faith accepts contradictions. Without getting troubled, you can believe—in an active imagining—that Our Father’s House is a mansion in the sky—or just warm, opening arms when you die—simply to “commit your spirit into God’s hands.” The “Way” is the Way of the Cross—as well as “My yoke is sweet and my burden light.” The “truth” is both obedience to guidelines and freedom to violate any rules for the sake of compassion. Life is both flesh and blood on the one hand and spirit on the other—they are two sides of everything you do.
The Good News is your untroubled faith in mysterious contradictions. As physicists accept an electron as both wave and matter—you accept rich differing views of the reality which Jesus asks you believe—the living contradictions of Way, Truth & Life.