Sunday, May 14, 2017

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor
By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor 

Quote of the Week: “Sometimes being lost is the best way to find yourself.” — L.J. Vanier.

Jesus promises: “I am going to prepare a place for you… so that where I am you also may be.”

When Thomas questions him, declaring: “We do not know where you are going: how can we know the way?” Then Jesus opens up the mystery. He first explains: “I am the way.”

Then he reveals that where is not so much a place as it is a relationship with and through him. He talks about knowing, seeing, being in relationship, dwelling: “If you know me, then you will also know my Father”; “From now on you do know him and have seen him”; “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”; “I am in the Father and the Father is in me”; “The Father who dwells in me ...”

Jesus describes the place where he is going to take his disciples is not a location but a relationship. Where we will go is into a place of being with him and with God our Father.

The big revelation is that having a relationship with Jesus IS having a relationship with the Father. Both are one. In this way we begin to really grasp his answer to Thomas: “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

All of these are true. It is the relationship with Jesus that brings us into relationship with the Father.

He IS the way.

Therefore, all that Jesus teaches us, both by word and example, is the truth by which a true Christian lives.

He IS the truth.

Living this truth of Jesus gives us life now, and it gives us life eternal.

He IS the life.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112; email Follow Father Perry on Twitter: @MrDeano76.

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