Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter, May 20
May We Allow Jesus to Be Our Only Way: the Way to Happiness, the Way to an Interior Peace, the Way to Holiness; for He Is the Only Truth Which Truly Matters in Our Continuing Pilgrimage Through Life.
“…when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth” – words which speak to us of God’s providential care which He has for each and every one of His children.
As we reflect upon our own journey in life, let us reflect back upon those days when we were children, when we were very young and vulnerable. It was during a time in our spiritual and emotional development when we came to know only that which our parents taught us; and, in our innocence, we believed everything they said, for we trusted them implicitly.
As we grew older, we became more aware of our surroundings and the world which existed outside of our family home.
For many, as we finally reached our pre-teen and teenage years, we found ourselves still growing, reaching out to the many new and different possibilities that life held for us. And, in some cases, the search for independence sometimes became rebellious, even to the point of our becoming disobedient to those we loved.
Unfortunately, for some of our parents, theirs became a world of difficulties, trying to understand the journey on which their children were traveling, all the while forgetting that they, too, had once made that same journey many years earlier when they, themselves, were young and inquisitive.
Today, as we look into the faces of our own children and grandchildren, we find expressions of wonder and amazement at all that exists outside of their small world. At first, they are guided by a sense of innocence and openness to all that they are learning, and all that we teach them.
They, too, will begin the process of reaching out and learning on their own. For each generation, it is a process of growth, a journey wherein they need to stretch themselves and find their own individual identities and place in this life.
And yet, with love and understanding on our part, we know that they will still need guidance in order to assist them in making the right decisions, decisions which will not be cause for regrets later. As they reach their adult years, they begin to reach a stage of development and maturity which will help guide them through the rest of their lives. Will mistakes be made? Most definitely, Yes!
Haven’t each of us, you and I included, stumbled at times along life’s paths? And yet, it is the wisdom in life which we have gained which has helped us to move forward beyond our mistakes.
At each step of our individual and unique journeys in life, God has always been at our side. He has always been with you and me – loving us, teaching us, guiding us, even carrying us when necessary!
And it is through this process of growing and maturing that we also come to know the God who loves us. Our personal relationship with Him, however, is oftentimes determined by the various circumstances of our upbringing, whether it be familial or societal based. And the strength of our relationship with God speaks of how we worship Him.
If our relationship is weak, then the gods within our society begin to grow stronger, and these gods can include greed, fame, sex, power, and many other elements of the secular world which can become very appealing, sometimes overpowering, oftentimes very seducing.
Our Readings for today present us with both sides of this coin. On one side, we find idolatry at the heart of the Grecian way of life, for this is all that the Greeks knew. It had been a part of their culture, their way of worship for centuries. On the other side, we find Jesus Christ at the heart of our faith and worship, strengthened through the workings of the Holy Spirit within each one of us.
In our First Reading, we find Paul preaching at the Areopagus in Athens, Greece. He is preaching to a group of Gentiles in what was considered the cultural center of the ancient world. We can see, in his approach to the Greeks, that his speech is appealing to their belief in an unknown Divinity as responsible for the origin and existence of the universe.
Paul also acknowledges that the attempt to find God is a constant human endeavor. He declares, further, that God is the judge of the human race, that the time of judgment has been determined, and that it will be executed through a Man whom God raised “from the dead”. And it is at this point that many who were listening scoffed at him, for only a few desired to hear more.
On this same side of the coin, we hear our Lord speaking to us about the Spirit of Truth whom He will send, the Spirit who “…will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.”
The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sends, is God’s Love who will stay with us and teach us all that our Lord taught. And through the enlightenment which He gives us, and the understanding and worship which follows, glory and praise is given back to God. As our Lord said, “He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”
Paul found that most of the Greeks who were listening were not very receptive to his idea of a redeeming and salvific God, for they preferred their own gods – not unlike many in today’s society. In the way of thinking for many in today’s culture, the gods of this world are far more attractive than the God whom we know and worship and part of our Judeo-Christian beliefs.
Due to the gift of free will which we received at the moment of our conception, the Holy Spirit will never force His way into our hearts. God’s Love for us is a gift freely given. He only asks that we open our hearts and embrace all that He offers through His Love. And there is a true inner peace which we experience when we place Christ first and foremost in our lives, even in the midst of whatever crosses we may have to bear in this life.
Paul offered the gift of God’s Truth to the Greeks in today’s Reading, but only a few responded. For you and me today, our Lord offers us this same gift, for He becomes the Gateway through which we come to know God, remembering the words which Jesus once said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He is the Way to our salvation; He is the Way to our healing of both heart and soul.
May each of us allow our Lord Jesus to be our only Way – the Way to happiness, the Way to an interior peace, the Way to holiness – for He is the only Truth which truly matters in our continuing pilgrimage through life! †
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Scripture for the Day
- “…when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.” (John 16:13)
- “He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14)
- “For the LORD’S word is true; all his works are trustworthy.” (Psalm 33:4)
- “Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
- “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
- “Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” (John 6:57)
- Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son in truth and love.” (2 John 1:3)
- “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life – for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us.” (1 John 1:1-2)
- “Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
- “Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)
- “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6a)
Prayer for the Day
“O Risen and Eternal Lord, the Way, the Truth and the Life, make us faithful followers
of the spirit of Your Resurrection.
“Grant that we may be inwardly renewed; dying to ourselves, being born to new life in the Spirit, in order that You may live in us and guide us in our everyday walk of faith.
“May the faith we live and profess serve as a sign of the transforming power of Your Love.
We humbly pray, use us as Your instruments for the renewal of hearts, minds and souls.
“Send Your Spirit to enlighten and strengthen us, so that we may bring the Good News
of Your Life and Love to all Your children, as we faithfully serve the needs of the Body of Christ.
“This we ask of you, Lord Jesus, You who live and reign with our Heavenly Father, together with the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.”Anonymous