Posted by: RAM | May 11, 2017

Friday (May 12): “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of Our Lady
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 283

First Reading: Acts 13:26-33
Psalms 2:6-11: You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
John 14:1-6
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.”
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.”

Reflection:  Do you allow any troubles to rob you of God’s peace? As much as we try to avoid it, we all inevitably encounter troubles and difficulties, and
sometimes more than we think we can handle!  Jesus knew his disciples would have to face adversity and trials after he left them to return to his Father. Jesus assured them that his departure is for their good, in order tosecure a place for them in God’s house – a place of refuge, peace, and everlasting happiness.  The Lord Jesus assures us of a safe passage to our true home in heaven with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

If heaven is our destination, how can we be sure we know the way without some kind of map or guide?  The scriptures speak of the way we should go.  “You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  Youshall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you” (Deuteronomy 5:32-33).  “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein” (Isaiah).  Teach me your way, O Lord; and lead me on a level path” (Psalm 27:11).  Jesus proclaims: “I am the Way.”  The Lord Jesus does not simply give advice and direction.  He personally is the way, and we cannot miss it.  He leads and guides us personally every day.  The Lord Jesus also is the Truth.  Many can say, “I have taught you the truth.”  Only Jesus can say, I am the Truth. Moral truth cannot be conveyed in words alone; it must be conveyed in example.  Jesus embodies the truth in his person.  Jesus also is the Life.  He not only shows us the path of life (Psalm 16:11); he gives the kind of life which only God can give — eternal life.  Is there any fear or trouble which keeps you from the perfect peace and happiness of a life surrendered to Christ?

 “Lord Jesus, you fill us with the joy of your saving presence and you give us the hope of everlasting life with the Father in Heaven. Show me the Father that I may know and glorify him more fully.”  copyright (c) 2017 Servants of the Word, source:, author Don Schwager

Saint of the Day: Saints Nereus and Achilleus
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying “I was only following orders.” But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross.

Everything we know from authority about the two first- century martyrs comes from a testimony written by Pope St. Damasus in the fourth century and inscribed on a memorial tablet that commemorates their lives. But even this commentary comes 300 years after they died.

Damasus tells us that Nereus and Achilleus were soldiers in the Roman army where they helped carry out the persecution of Christians. They probably had nothing against Christians and didn’t carry for the bloody slaughter they were commanded to perform, but they obeyed these cruel orders out of fear of dying themselves. After all, that was what soldiers have always been expected to do.

We are not told how they were converted, only that it was a “miracle of faith.” After this miracle, they threw down their weapons and escaped from their camp, discarding armor and arms as they went toward their new life in Christ. As participants in the persecution they knew perhaps better than any other Christian what pain awaited them. Faith, however, had triumphed over fear of death and the victory of faith was the sweetest they had known.

We are told they were martyred but Damasus doesn’t mention how.

Later legend had it that they served Flavia Domitilla, the great-niece of Emperor Domitian, and were exiled and executed with her when she converted. This legend probably originated in the fact that the martyrs were buried in what was later known as the cemetery of Domitilla.

More Saints of the Day:
St. Diomma
St. Dionysius
St. Dominic de la Calzada
St. Epiphanius of Salamis
St. Etheihard
St. Flavia Domitilla
Bl. Francis Patrizzi
St. Leopold Mandic
St. Modoaldus
Sts. Nereus & Achilleus
St. Nereus and Achilleus
St. Pancras
St. Philip of Agirone
St. Richrudis

Let me be the change I want to be. Even if I am not the light, I can be the spark.  Follow Tweets by @TheOneKinEnt  @Pontifex @CardinalChito Maynila, Pilipinas


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