St. Augustine Catholic Church
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter
My Dear Church Family,
“Master, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (John 14:1-12)
At birth, our brain is empty like a blank sheet of paper. Philosophy call it, “a table raza”. By the gradual process of development, our brain and mind begin to receive knowledge until the end of life.
By the above philosophical explanation, it is to say that the disciples of Jesus did not have all it takes to be a disciple when they were called by Jesus to follow him. The Sanhedrin even called them ‘uneducated’ men. But Jesus began to teach and polish them with the doctrines of the kingdom of God and supported his teaching with signs and wonders. The apostles marveled at his miracles, but at the same time, they had their doubts and confusion especially about what rising from the dead would mean.
One of the disturbing stories they received from Jesus Himself was that He would be handed over to the hands of evil men, who would scourge Him and that He would die but on the third day, would rise from the dead. Peter, in particular, reacted sadly to this news. Jesus scolded him for thinking as Man and not as God. Even after His passion and death had taken place, they were still skeptical about if He did rise from the dead as He said he would. It was another breaking news story from the women that He had risen. Jesus had to make appearances to the twelve, including the two men going back home to Emmaus, that He had risen. The news of the resurrection filled their hearts with joy.
The next revelation Jesus made to the apostles was that He would leave them to go to the Father in order to prepare a place for them and then return to take them where they would be together. Thomas, in particular, exclaimed, “We do not know the way to where you are going.
”Christ had to emphatically explain to them, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
This is Christ’s message to all of us Christians whom He has called to follow Him that if we live our lives in true faithfulness of His word, we will make it ours by a worthy way of life