"Jesus is the Way"
November 4, 2005Email to a FriendPrint
Jesus answered, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life." John 14:6
Big cities have their main streets: Michigan Avenue in Chicago, St. Catherine Street in Montreal, Kalakaus Avenue in Honolulu. In many places where the early Spaniards were we find a main road called "Camino Real," or the King's Highway. Rome had its Via Appia on which Saint Paul traveled on his last trip to Rome. Christians from the city came out to meet him and his group at the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns.
On what important streets or highways have you traveled? In doing so, your destination may have been your parents' home, or a vacation site, or a place of doing business. You began with the prayer that God would grant you a safe journey. The plans you made allowed for changes. Saint James writes, "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. ...Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" (James 4:13-15).
Of all the important roads we may travel, none surpasses the way that leads to eternal life with God in heaven. It is the "camino real," the heavenly King's Highway. It is the road on which Jesus traveled when He returned to the Father. When our Lord spoke of this, Thomas asked, "Lord, we don't know where You are going, so how can we know the way?" (John14:5). Jesus had a ready reply. He Himself could directly approach the Father, but as far as we are concerned, He Himself is the Way to the Father. All of Holy Scripture is our spiritual road map showing that the only road to heaven is faith in the merit and mediation of Jesus Christ. It is for us to check our road map often, to make sure that we are on the right road.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, walk with me as I travel the road leading to full communion with the Father in heaven. Amen.
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