You know how when you were a student in elementary school, whenever you had a question, you would raise your hand. The teacher would, for the most part, always have an answer for you. However, sometimes, the question would be even too much for them. They would do their best to help you understand, and come up with an answer, and if they could not answer you right away, they'd do their best to find out more information to get back to you. This is a very human way of being, to question and wonder. It's a part of our human reasoning, our human nature. What then do we do later on, when we are working, independent and living on our own and we begin to have the 'big' questions?
Today's Gospel states:'Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the Truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it' (John 14:6-14).
Jesus tells us that he is "the way, the truth and the life". He shows us the way, reveals the truth and helps us throughout our lives. He also tells us that if we believe, then we should be able to turn to God, in the good, the bad. In every situation. This means if we question our life, our purpose and are looking at those 'big' questions, then we are to turn to God, and ask for help, for clarification. If we ask anything in the name of Jesus, it will be given. It may not be even to us how we see best, as only God knows what is good and just. Pray today that God will help you see the truth, the good in your life and reveal to you answers to the 'big' questions.
Today's prayer comes from 'The Catholic Diocese' a Novena prayer for Jesus as the way, truth and the life:
Jesus Master, our Way, our Truth and our Life,accept the pact that we present to you through thehands of Mary, our Mother and Queen.We respond to your holy will and reach theheavenly glory to which you call us and to carry out ourdaily tasks in love and fidelity to our Christian vocation.We however are weak and incapable in every way. Butyou are the Way, the Truth and the Life. We trust in youalone who once said; “Whatever you ask the Father in myname, you will receive it.”For our part, we promise and commit ourselves to seekonly and always the spread of your kingdom of love andpeace. We trust that you will give us the spirit, graceand knowledge as means for doing good. By yourimmense love and mercy, we beg you to consider ourpetition, if it be according to your will especially this one…(mention your intention). We also ask you to multiply thefruits of whatever good deed we may accomplish.Jesus Master, our Way, our Truth and our Life, through theintercession of Mary, our mother, extend to us your loveand mercy so that faithful to you here on earth, we mayenjoy with you the bliss of heaven. Amen.Jesus, our Way, our Truth and our Life,Have Mercy on us.