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I am the Way and the Truth and the Life

Jesús le dice: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida: nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.

Juan 14:6

“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14: 3-7

Reflection

In the South of Chile, a single-track dirt road runs from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins, through a thousand miles of Patagonian wilderness. In this majestic but inhospitable land, condor and eagle soar amongst towering mountain peaks, puma prowl through dense dark forest, and mighty glaciers carve fjords and lakes as deep as any on earth.

Before the construction of the road in the late twentieth century, there was no way to pass these impenetrable barriers.

On a hilltop outside the village of Cochrane, there is a memorial to Padre Pablo Venezian, a locally cherished priest. A prayer carved into the stonework begins: Señor Jesús tú eres camino, verdad y vida para mí; Lord Jesus, you are road, truth and life for me.

Expressed in Spanish, this familiar phrase conveys fresh meaning. ‘I am the road’ is somehow more tangible than ‘I am the way’. Jesus offers more than a signpost, a map, or a compass bearing; he offers us a road.

Journeys can be arduous and exhausting; there may be hazards along the route and no guarantee of comfort. Similarly, the modern world can be difficult and confusing. Overwhelmed with information, it becomes hard to know who to believe.

Public life is corrupted by spite and greed. Violence and extreme patriotism threaten nations and communities. Millions are lonely and afraid. Our experiences can make us feel weak, useless, and bitter with disappointment.

So, what do Jesus’ words imply for us?

If Jesus is life, can we discover the fullness of that life together and cherish the character of Jesus that we glimpse in each other?

If Jesus is truth, can we seek ways to discover that truth and have it transform our choices and relationships?

And if Jesus is the road, can we find ways to support each other’s journey, no matter where the road might lead us?

Without him, we risk becoming lost beneath the towering peaks, in the depth of the dense forest and on the perilous rivers of ice.

This Thought was written by Justin Walker