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The Way, The Truth, and the Life
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through me” John 14:6). With this “I Am” statement we continue our meditation on the seven times that Jesus uses this appellation for himself in John’s gospel. This 14th chapter of the gospel is remarkable for the fact that it reveals the Trinitarian Oneness of God to us. In this chapter, we are at the very core of our faith as Christians. Jesus makes this statement in the context of the Last Supper dialogue. He is essentially giving his final lesson to the Apostles revealing the fullness of who he is to them. And still, they do not quite get it. We can see this in the question Thomas, that beloved Apostle who reminds us so much of ourselves, asks, and in Philip’s statement. Jesus has told them that the time has come when he must return to the Father. He has told them about his Father’s house and its many mansions and he says to them, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” This is a rare reference to the parousia in John’s gospel, that is, the Second Coming. Then he says, “Where I am going you know the way” (verses 2-4). It is then that Thomas asks his question: “Master, we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way” (verse 5)? And Jesus says to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus tells Thomas and the others that if they really know him they will also know the Father. [sc name="content-ad-rect-1"…