Missionary Weekly Reflection
Easter Week V, 10 May 2020
Acts 6:1-7; Ps. 33:1-2,4-5,18-19; 1Pet. 2:4-9; John 14:1-12
“I am the way and the truth and the life” (v. 6). This is one of the most famous verses in the Gospel of John. This verse is often seen as the definition of three separate “titles”: Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life. However, all dialogues in this passage actually focus on: the way. Jesus started the talk about “going” (v. 2-3), so Thomas asked “How do we know the way?” (v. 5). As usual, not-understanding and misunderstanding become the starting point for Jesus to continue His teaching to a deeper level. Jesus emphasized that He was the only Way to the Father. Truth and Life are more of the essence or the quality of Jesus as the Way. In other words, the Truth and Life give content to Jesus’ identity as the Way.
First, Jesus is the only Way, as He is the Truth. As the Truth, Jesus reveals the mystery of God to humans. Therefore, knowing Jesus means knowing the Father, seeing Jesus means seeing the Father (v. 7). In other words, in Jesus: the path and purpose are united. By believing in the Way (Jesus), the believers reach their life goal (truth = knowing God). We are often like Philip: wishing God to show Himself (v. 8). We need an evidence, we are crazy about apparition. In fact Jesus Christ is always present and active in us, in our church. We always celebrate His presence and work by contemplating on His words and sharing His Body. Or is that all just a ritual, that’s why we are still busy looking for God?
Second, Jesus is the only Way, as He is the Life. Jesus always lives in the unity with the Father. That is the essence of true life: living in unity with the Father forever. Thus, death does not end His life, instead it becomes His glorification with the Father. As the Way, Jesus also shares true life with the Father to all believers. To unite with the Way means to experience true life, not later but now, when you and I believe in the Way.
Third, the love relationship between the Father-and-Son and the believers. The Gospel of John is often called the Gospel of Love. Why? Because this gospel talks a lot about love relationship. Today’s gospel is also dominated by the words: loving, believing, knowing, seeing, being dwelling in. There is a love-circle among the Father, the Son and the believers. Love is personal: The Son fully presents the face and love of the Father. Jesus also loved His disciples personally: approached them personally (Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Mary Magdalene, the disciple He loved). He is also “friendly” to all His disciples (15:14-15). It’s the true love that He prayed for (17:21) and wished (15:12) to occur among His followers. Love must also be communal: the love of Father-and-Son is present among the people who love each other. A church that loves each other is the fruit of Jesus’ love. It is the Way that enables believers to live with Him and the Father, in a “family” (oikia, v. 2) from now on.
(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)
DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER
Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.
Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:
For Evangelization intention:
Loyalty of the deacons: May the deacons, with their loyalty to the service of Gods words and the poor, become the symbol of an inspiring Church and arouse the spirit of the people. We pray…
For Indonesian Churches intention:
Mary, Mother of Perseverance: May, in the midst of confusion and uncertainty, the Catholics are willing to emulate the Virgin Mary as the Mother of Perseverance. We pray…
Mother Mary is with us, to be united with The Son in creating the justice for our people. We pray…