At the last supper, Jesus mentions his impending departure from his Apostles gathered with him at table. Naturally this news causes distress. Where are you going? Can we come with you? Will you come back? What do we do in the meantime? I suppose they had other questions spoken and unspoken. “I will come back and take you to myself so that where I am you also may be.” That’s reassuring until they realize his “going from them” was through his suffering and death. But by then they had a better understanding of what he meant when he said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Clearly it would take some biblical research and extensive brain power to grasp the full extent of his claim, so I will not open that can of worms.
Instead we see in Paul’s passionate witness of faith in a synagogue in Antioch what it meant to grasp that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He had such an encounter that literally changed the course of his life. But it was not a one shot deal either. Rather it blossomed into a living, breathing, transforming relationship with the person of Jesus himself, or Paul would have neither the passion nor conviction to preach and travel and endure persecution as he did. He had met Jesus and been transformed down to his core. And he had to speak about that encounter to draw others to Jesus so that they too may be transformed. Have we truly encountered the living Christ and been transformed? Or are we just going through the motions? If you don’t have an answer, ask people who know you well. They can tell if your faith is genuine, or if you’re just faking it.
This mass was offered for the repose of +Cindy Davis.
Rolo B Castillo © 2020