God has been trying to show us the way of life from creation as follows: Innocence when man knew no wrong and ended in the Garden of Eden; Conscience—the period from the fall to the first murder; Human governance—from the death of Abel to the Tower of Babel; Promise—from the flood to Egypt; Law—from the ten commandments to the birth of Christ; and Grace—when Jesus walked the earth. The statement “I am the way, the truth, and the life” is a declaration of the transcendence from Law to Grace and is based on the new commandment Jesus gave us: “I give you a new commandment that you LOVE one another as I have loved you. By this will you be known as my disciples, if you love one another.” Basically, the new commandment covers the way (love), the truth (men will know when they see it), and the life (loving one another). . . . The fulfillment of the Bible is not rules of what you can or cannot do, but of love. ©CCLE2020 [from a reflection]
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Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” . . .
From sermon4kids.com: “Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If we will keep our eyes on Jesus and follow his teaching, we will find the path to our goal—eternal life in Heaven with him.”
Collect: O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Is the “dwelling place” (John 14:1–14) of which Jesus speaks a place for us after we die, or does it include our life in the present? What does Jesus mean when he says that his disciples “will do greater works”? What does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”?
Saint Focus: This week we reveal the life of Frances Perkins. Since she’s an historical figure, many of you may know her (but the editor did not). She was U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. . . . she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. . . . During her term as Secretary of Labor, she was largely responsible for the U.S. adoption of social security, unemployment insurance, federal laws regulating child labor, and adoption of the federal minimum wage. Be sure to follow the link below for a greater description. [most from the Calendar of the church year according to the Episcopal Church.]
This week, the saints under consideration were :
- 8; Julian of Norwich, Mystic & Theologian, c. 1417
- 9; Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, 389
- 10; Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Prophetic Witness, 1760
- 11; [Johann Arndt & Jacob Boehme], Mystics, 1621 & 1624
- 13; [Frances Perkins], Public Servant and Prophetic Witness, 1965
- 15; [Pachomius of Tabenissi], Monastic, 348; AND Junia and Andronicus
- 16; Martyrs of Sudan & South Sudan
- 17; William Hobart Hare, Bishop, 1909; AND Thurgood Marshall, Public Servant, 1993
- 19; Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
Brain Food: “Refuge“, commentary and imagery from Miriam’s Tambourine website; “Mr. One Way” by Barry Robinson “He is the Way” by W.H. Auden“He is the Way. Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness; You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.
He is the Truth. Seek Him in the Kingdom of Anxiety; You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.
He is the Life. Love Him in the World of the Flesh; And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy.”
Contemporary Parables: Signs” (2002), how to interpret lucky incidents; “At first sight” (1999), a man gains his sight as an adult; “Instinct” (1999), how a man becomes a criminal (not for young people_
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What do you think about when you hear that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life? I expect you don’t think about buildings but Jesus as the Way, the Truth, the Life is the cornerstone of our faith. And Jesus is our model. So how do you model Jesus in your life?
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We begin today the fifth of the seven weeks of the Christian year set apart to celebrate the dying and rising of Jesus. The Gospel reading today is a discussion between Jesus and his disciples, particularly Thomas and Philip, about the results of his dying and rising. He is revealed to be the Way into eternal life, and in knowing Jesus we know and are known by the Father.
Today’s reading from Acts describes the martyrdom of Stephen, the first Christian to suffer death for the name of Christ. This is itself a particularly strong witness to the resurrection of Jesus; as Stephen joins his Lord in dying he sees Jesus raised from the dead and leading him into God’s eternal kingdom.
In the second reading today Peter applies to us the words of God to the people of Israel during their Exodus. By virtue of our baptism into Jesus’ dying and rising, we are set apart as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,” with the vocation of making God’s wonderful deeds known to all people.
In the Eucharistic celebration, we are revealed as the royal priesthood. In most religions, the priesthood is a small group of people who stand between God and the rest of the people. Christians, however, all stand before God on behalf of the entire human race; on behalf, indeed, of the whole creation. That priesthood is enacted most clearly as we stand before God in intercession and in thanksgiving in the Eucharistic liturgy.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.