‘Truth and Light’

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

  • John 14:6

Before religious study in adulthood, I always thought this line was, “I am the way and the truth and the light.” Of course, Jesus is the Light of the World. And by extension, so are we, instructed in Matthew 5:15 not to hide our light, but to share it with all.

Back to the reading: Jesus’ disciples called themselves followers of the Way. Their identity is in the path. It is laid out by, and running through, Jesus. This may seem like semantics, but I think it’s more.

Before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Ratzinger, in “Introduction to Christianity,” said that our faith is made up of three parts: law, ritual and the belief that there is greater Truth outside the material realm.

As Christians, it is in our shared seeking of that Truth that we are defined, rather than in how we describe the unknowable.

  • Phil Fox Rose

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