Sunday Gospel Reflection



By: Msgr. John S. Mbinda

You will recall that in the Gospel of last Sunday Jesus used the image of the "Gate" of the sheepfold to refer to himself. In the Gospel of this Sunday the Risen Lord calls himself the "Way". In the light of the resurrection, the risen Lord is not only the Gate but also the Way to where He is going and where He wants us to follow. Thomas, being realistic, asks Jesus, "Lord we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Thomas is thinking of the way in physical terms. He imagines that if Jesus could only give them a simple road map and directions to where he is going, they would surely get there. Jesus surprises them in saying, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." In other words, do not ask for directions for Jesus the Way to the Father. Just let go and follow Jesus Christ. Do not speculate for he is the Truth. If you want to live, go to Jesus and remain in him who is the life itself.

The Gospel therefore helps us to become more deeply aware that to find Christ is to find the Way, Truth and the Life. To try to seek the way, the truth and the life elsewhere is to get lost and die on the way. Christ identifies himself with the way, the truth and the life. In other words, to follow the risen Lord is to find the fullness of life in the triune God. If we take another direction we will certainly be lost and die on the way.What the risen Lord is offering us is Life itself and the fullness of the Truth, in terms of the hereafter. Christ also tells his disciples that to find him is to find the Father, because we can only reach the Father through Christ, because the Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son. It is because of Christ's intimate union with the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit, that he is able to do the things that he does. Our union with the Father through Christ will also enable us to "perform the same works" Christ does.