Holy Spirit Province Saint-Esprit
Franciscans of Canada - Franciscains du Canada
Ordo Fratrum Minorum
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. (John 14.6)
Just breathe that line in, into the depths of your very soul and being.
Just feel it sit there within you.
Just let it stir you, move you and awaken you.
Does it not?
There is so much hope and energy in that one line.
Isn’t it amazing?
Just breathe it in, deeply… the richness of it.
Does your heart seem to beat differently when you do?
Our God with us in everything.
Can you not see Jesus saying it?
Looking at Thomas with a radiance in his eyes as he makes each of those words pop:
Not just part of it, or some of it, or sometimes or most often, no – always this is woven into his eternal promise to us. In other words, I am the one who has been, who is and who will be. I am with now and will be with you in the future (just a few lines earlier Jesus says, “In my Father’s house there are many rooms… I go to prepare a place for you”).
Do these words pop for us in our lives?
Are our hearts stirred-moved-shocked that the One who is love says to us, “I am! I am for you, with you and in you!”?
If not, we must ask ourselves why they do not?
What is Jesus in telling us that he is “the way, the truth and the life” awakening in our story – our ways, our truths and our life? These are sometimes hard realities to face, but worth pondering.
The certainty is that this way, truth and life is written into our hearts, into the very fabric of our life line; our DNA. We can deny it and even profane it but our very lives are woven into the very One who is the way, the truth and the life.
The way – a path of moving forward, an open gate, a new beginning, a honesty, a tried and true pattern, a steady step, a consistency – often full of twists and turns, sometimes great lows and other times breath-taking highs but always with “hope in God’s steadfast love” (Psalm 33).
The truth – our core, depth, power – not as in gaining more but rather in emptying ourselves, surrendering ourselves to trust that God is at work in us. The value of truth is that it is good and holy and amazing (Psalm 139 is one example of attesting to this).
The life – the Risen One breathing in and through us, our God-given gifts activated for love in the journey of our lifetime as a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Peter 2.9).
Is it easy?
No way! We all know that!
Is it worth it?
You bet! We can count on that!
Is it life-changing?
For sure! If we let it!
As we slowly step into new realities, unexpected changes and unknown new living conditions let us not forget that the way awakens us to love, the truth calls us to be love and the life is an expression of the depths of love.
Which is the way you are going to live?
Which truth will you allow to saturate your living?
How will your life be a testament to love in action?
A lot of questions to ponder, yes, but let us not grow weary. Each day is another encounter of the way, the truth and the life.
And that is amazing!
On this Mother’s Day I simply want to say thank you to my Mom for showing me, teaching me, encouraging me and supporting me to continually journey with the Way, the Truth and the Life. Besides the life you have given me this is the greatest gift. Thank you!
Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms!