I am going to share Bishop Barren’s reflection with you this morning and then I am going to offer some of my thoughts too in regards to this Gospel we read this morning.
From Bishop Barrens Gospel reflection for the day…
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Either Jesus is who he says he is (in which case we are obliged to give our whole lives to him), or he is a madman (in which case we should be against him).
What does not remain, as C.S. Lewis saw so clearly, is the bland middle position that, though he isn’t divine, he is a good, kind, and wise ethical teacher. If he isn’t who he says he is, then he isn’t admirable at all.
Thus Jesus compels a choice in a manner that no other religious founder does. The Buddha could claim that he had found a way that he wanted to share with his followers, but Jesus said, “I am the way.” Mohammed could say that, through him, the final divine truth had been communicated to the world, but Jesus said, “I am the truth.” Confucius could maintain that he had discovered a new and uplifting form of life, but Jesus said, “I am the life.” And thus, we are either with Jesus or we are against him. No other founder forces that choice as clearly as Jesus does.
(back to my thoughts…)I am not afraid to profess to each of you and to anyone who will listen – Jesus is The Way; Jesus is The Truth and Jesus is The Light. No one – NO ONE – goes to the Father except through Him. For a number of days now we have been reading how Christ is the good Shepherd, the one who guards His flock, the one who bears our sins, comforts us in sorrow, heals all of our ills, forgives all our transgressions. We read today His Father has prepared a place for us in the heavenly kingdom and Christ has prepared the way to it. I pray that our Bishops, when they PROFESS this Gospel this morning, pay close attention to what they are reading. It bears repeating…
Thomas said to him,
“Master, 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.”
So what is it we’ve been taught from our youth? What is the single most important thing we do as a Catholic? We receive Christ into our bodies – His Body, Soul and Divinity, through the sacrifice the priests offer at Mass. We have been taught that this is the way to Christ, the One Who is The Way, The Truth and The Life. We as practicing Catholics need to have the Eucharist, we need the Lord especially now in this time of doubt and fear. But we are being told by our Bishops the exact opposite of this truth. They want to deny the distribution of Holy Communion because of the possibility of death. Death to what? This world? How long have we been taught we are not of THIS world but for a short time; true paradise is with God in Heaven. Again, I refer to God’s Gospel this morning…
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And 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.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Where I am going you know the way…or at least I thought I did. The way to Christ is through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, isn’t it? To receive our Lord in both the Liturgy of the Word AND in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The two are one – inseparable. Praise be to God we are still receiving the Word through our virtual Masses but we, the flock, need to receive the Eucharist from our Shepherds. WE NEED THE BODY OF CHRIST! Again, Bishops of our Diocese’s, it is NOT your place to chose life for us in this world – it is God’s, so it is NOT your place to deny us of the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t tell us He is the Way and then deny that way so we can have life on this earth. Give us the Eucharist and if by fate we should die eating this Eucharist, what is our reward? I believe that reward will be ETERNAL LIFE, praising God with the Angels and the Saints; isn’t that our true destiny; living in a place that God has already prepared for us. Amen.
Do something great for our Lord today – pray that we are brought back to Church to receive in flesh and blood the Body of Christ. Pray that we are made whole again with His Blessed Eucharist. We know the way – it just has “DO NOT ENTER” sign in front of it right now.
Bishops of our Faith, Shepherds of the flock here on earth, please pay close attention to the following mantra’s…
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.
Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly on us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.