I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE
Our theme this Lent is taken from this statement, possibly one of Jesus’ most concise and yet comprehensive sayings . Its girth is so wide that arms cannot encircle it.
Maybe we can proceed by treating this as a film title and look at stills (or video footage) of the scenes which mark his way. He approaches and bursts through the Passion week showing that God’s skin is truly in the game. RS Thomas says of the Kingdom ‘inside it/there are quite different things going on’. Foolishness is seen as wisdom, poverty yields richness, and the weakness the thread that leads to strength. To lose is to find, and to give away is to gain. Jesus dares to fuse life and love and himself together. Life and love (are finally shown to) reveal themselves as the same thing, which is the final and full message of the risen Christ, writes Richard Rohr. It appears that he is shedding light on the mystery of our life on earth.
Each Sunday in Lent and then daily through Holy Week we will look at some stills of Jesus as he shows us our Way, our Truth and our Life through his own.
We start in a desert...
Near here is the Land That they call Life. You'll know when you arrive By how real it is. Give me your hand. God speaks to each of us, Rainer Maria Rilke
All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. Rumi
The divine will is a deep abyss of which the present moment is the entrance. If you plunge into this abyss you will find it infinitely more vast than your desires Jean Pierre de Caussade
A new life requires a death of some kind; otherwise it is nothing new, but a shuffling of the same deck. Roger Housden
Conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought; And enterprises of great pith and moment, With this regard, their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action. Hamlet, Act III, scene i
It is impossible to accept the death of the soul unless one possesses another life, outside of the soul's illusory life... in the hands of our Father who is in secret. Simone Weil
Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” John 8:21
"No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do." John 7:4,6
We see in this passage two very different and vivid pictures of Jesus.