Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? 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 say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s Gospel contains the famous phrase, “I am the way, the truth and the life. “ The responsorial psalm is less well known but just as important to me in this reflection: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaim God’s handiwork. Day pours out the word to day; and night to night imparts knowledge.”
Where do we seek truth? What do we consider knowledge?
On April 22, I joined hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who were marching to acknowledge the value of scientific inquiry and truth. Like numerous people, including the Jesuit scientist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, I do not see a conflict between the search for moral truth and scientific truth. The approaches of these inquiries are different and they yield different observations, but I believe that there are many ways to know God’s truth and glory.
—Bren Ortega Murphy, PhD is a faculty member in Communications Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a joint appointment in Loyola’s Women’s Studies program.
You are the way, the truth, the life
Without the way there is no going
Without the truth there is no knowing
Without the life there is no growing
Show us the way, that we may go
Teach us the truth, that we may know
Grant us the life, that we may grow
—Ted Tracy, S.J.