"Lord Jesus, I Believe in You"

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion

Clergy Corner for May 14, 2017, Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,18-19; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12


The deepest truths take the longest time to understand deeply.

During Jesus' time on earth, His disciples slowly grew in their understanding of who He is. Even when He spoke clearly to them, their frame of reference was so limited that they could not really grasp what He was saying. Only after His Resurrection and after the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost did their (and the Church's) understanding of His words deepen:

"I am the way and the truth and the life" (Jn 14:6). Jesus conveys that the way to life now, and hereafter in Heaven, is by following Him. He reveals the Divine Truth. He shows us how to live. Moreover, far greater than His example is His nature: He is Life Itself, Truth Itself, the Way Itself.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled…. I am going to prepare a place for you" (Jn 14:1, 3). The Lord assures us that the cares and troubles of this world are passing and need not cause us anxiety, because the Lord Himself goes to Heaven to prepare a place there for His faithful followers.

"No one comes to the Father except through me" (Jn 14:6). Because He loves us, Jesus warns us against false prophets, gods, philosophies, and religions. The Most Holy Trinity has ordained only one way for the fallen human race to make its way back to God the Father in Heaven: Jesus, and only Jesus, can bring us back. He is the only Way home (Acts 4:12).

"Whoever has seen me has seen the Father" (Jn 14:9). The Lord reveals that God the Father and God the Son are equally divine, eternal, and almighty. Jesus Christ is not some good teacher or prophet. He is God Himself. No one else but Christ can say that when you see me you see the fullness of Divinity.

The proper response to the Lord's words is faith in Him!

"In fact, the truth of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Lord and only Savior, who through the event of his incarnation, death and resurrection has brought the history of salvation to fulfilment, and which has in him its fullness and center, must be firmly believed as a constant element of the Church's faith" (Dominus Iesus 13).

May we believe in and follow Christ to the heavenly home He has prepared for us. 

 

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