One of the greatest truths of the Christian faith is that we can know the living God. Our experience of God is not simply limited to knowing something about God, but we can know God personally. On this Fifth Sunday of Easter we reflect on Jesus as our way, truth and life and we receive the fullness of life in and through Him.
Jesus assures us of a place in His kingdom: “Let not your hearts be troubled...there are many rooms in my father’s house...so that where I am you may be too.” This is a clear indication that by virtue of baptism we are truly children of God. This is why He considers us worthy of being where He is going to be.
Jesus reveals the Father to us. He is the life that is not mere existence but sharing in the very life of God and communicating that life. Thus anyone who wants to know who God is and what He is like, must know Jesus. He has revealed the Father to us in His very being and life. He not only taught about a loving and forgiving Father, He lived His own life in a loving and forgiving way. He practiced what He preached. He taught in a very simple, down-to-earth way.
To know Jesus means to have a personal, deep, warm relationship with Him. To follow the Way of Jesus is not to go anywhere. It is to become a special kind of person, whose whole being reflects the Truth and Life that Jesus reveals to us. It is to be a follower who is totally identified with the vision and the values of Jesus. It is to walk in Truth and Life.
Let us pray today that we may let the Lord form us by His words and example. Let our hearts accept whatever rejection or difficulties of life we are called to face to follow Jesus. May our hearts be on fire with love of the Lord.
This weekend, we give thanks to God for all mothers on this Mother’s Day weekend. We acknowledge the care and love of mothers and pray that they receive joy, health and peace.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.