“I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.” How often have we prayed those words summarizing our faith in Jesus Christ?
Today’s readings remind us of our dedication to Jesus, our savior and redeemer. Today we recall how Jesus reconciled humanity’s sinfulness through his sacrificial offering on the Cross. Jesus showed us the way to the Father through his earthly life. Through his life story, we witness him living the perfect life. Jesus never waivered from giving of himself – his words, his prayers, and his relentless giving of himself showed the way, not only in his words but in his actions.
When Jesus said, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath,” it caused me to ponder how we are called to devote the Sabbath to honor God today.
Jesus attested to the old law no longer applying as it once did. Instead, the Sabbath now provides us rest to achieve our salvation through prayer and works of love. My childhood experiences of celebrating the Sabbath are quite different today. As a child, Sunday began with ‘dressing up’ for Mass. My mother made me save and wear that new dress for the first time when I went to Mass. I recall the aroma from her kitchen as she prepared a family meal, always including my grandparents. Our lives today are spread so thin, juggling many activities into Sunday. After Mass, many must shop, attend children’s sports, and work. How can we keep the Sabbath holy? Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Through our reception of the Eucharist at Mass, can we also observe that day by healing any wounds in our families or friends? Can we rest in him through prayer?
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, and the life. You have given me the Father’s message of perfect love, and through you, I believe I will have eternal if I follow the path you have provided to all of us. I praise your name, O God, for your goodness, love, and mercy. Help me this day to give of myself, my heart, my love, and my actions in thanksgiving for all you have done for me. Amen.