Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. - EUGENE O'NEILL: (1888 –1953: was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature.)
Gospel Text: (JN 14:6-14)
Jesus said to Thomas, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him."
Philip said to him,
"Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."
Whenever I hear the words, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." I'm reminded of C.S. Lewis' comment on Jesus when he responded to the idea that Jesus was merely a good teacher and nothing more. Lewis disagreed vigorously with that observation, saying that Jesus either was a lunatic with the mentality of a poached egg or he was exactly who he said he was.
The claims are hard to ignore. Either Jesus is the way of redemption and the way to heaven or he is not. After honestly and carefully examining all that he said and did along with the fulfillment of so many Old Testament prophecies, it would seem to me that one could only come to the former conclusion.
In the first volume of Jesus of Nazareth by our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI,
writes, "In the end, man needs just one thing, in which everything else is included; but he must first delve beyond his superficial wishes and longings in order to learn to recognize what it is that he truly needs and truly wants. He needs God. "