Friday of 4th Week of Easter A

The Way, the Truth and the Life

The Good Shepherd is the one who knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He is the good shepherd who leads his sheep in the light and not in the darkness. He is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. He is the good shepherd who has come to serve and not to be served. Finally, the good shepherd who is the Way, the Truth and the Life for his sheep to follow as it’s reported in today’s Gospel.

The moment that we come into the existence, we are born into this walk of life, the moment that we join into a journey leading us to our heavenly homeland. As a journey, there are many routes to approach to the end of the journey. Some routes are short, some are longer, and some will not reach to the end of the journey. The question then, how would we journey in this walk of life so to reach to the end of our journey, the heavenly homeland? To answer this question, Jesus invites us to follow him since he is the Way, the Truth and the Life reported in today’s Gospel.

A priest came to visit a dying man on his sick bed. During the last rite, he offered the man a sweet verse of Scriptures. He read the words of Jesus reported in today’s Gospel saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?” The priest then stopped, but the dying man, with all his strength and energy, said to the priest to continue reading. “And if I go and prepare a place for you,” he continued, “I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” At that last few words, the dying man busted and said, “That was exactly what I wanted to hear. I wanted to be with Jesus.”

Have you ever wanted to be with Jesus? In order to be with him, we ought to follow him. Following him because he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Have you focused on him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life in your spiritual life? Is there anything in this walk of life might distract you away from focusing on the Lord Jesus? How would you fixed your eyes on the Lord Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life in this walk of life? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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