The Way, the Truth, and the Life
In honor of my brother-in-law, Tom, who passed away just two months ago, I want to dedicate this verse to him on the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle. Here, we find Jesus speaking to His disciples about life after death:
“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. -John 14:1-6, NAB
Death is certain. At some point, we will all reach the end of our days, but what’s next? What happens after we die? Where do we go from here?
Jesus takes the time to reassure His disciples (and us) that our journey does not end here. He promised to prepare a place for each one of us, and I pray that my brother-in-law is there now.
St. Thomas responds with an honest question. Jesus makes it seem easy to find our way to heaven, but if it were that easy, why do religious scholars continue to debate it, even to this day? Believing in heaven is one thing. Knowing how to get there is much more difficult.
Jesus’s answer is simple: follow Him. If we put our faith in Him, we will find the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus will guide our way.
I believe that my brother-in-law, Tom (Thomas), believed these words with every fiber of his being. Sure, he may have had doubts, like his namesake, but we all do. Still, he found peace in Christ and made every attempt to follow in the footsteps of Christ. The Lord knows that Tom carried his share of crosses.
On the Feast of St. Thomas, let’s not remember a man for his doubts, but for his deep desire to know the way to eternal life. St. Thomas’s questions mirror the same questions many of us face today, and if he never asked them, we might not know the answer.