Fifth Sunday of Easter - 14th May, 2017

Liturgical Reflection


“I am the Way”

‘Sing to the Lord a new song.’ The words of the Entrance Antiphon warned me not just to amend the homily I had written for this same Sunday three years ago but to work afresh and then compare, hopefully finding that some spiritual growth was apparent.

Just after Easter we read about the followers of the risen Jesus sharing food and belongings in perfect charity and now so soon into their journey they are striking problems with fairness and administration. (Sound familiar?) Do we find ourselves sometimes guilty of favouritism or taking on too much and neglecting prayer and contemplation in our worldly lives? If this is so, could it be because of the kudos and public affirmation we receive through our more public endeavours? Is this why the Lord needs us continually to ‘sing a new song’, to refresh ourselves daily so avoiding diversion and giving too much attention to the ways of the world?



The ways of the world? Let’s go to the gospel where Jesus tells us that he is the way, the truth and the life.

You’ve just got to love Thomas – don’t you? A simple soul with no affectation is how I see him.

‘Trust’ – that’s all very well, as far as it goes, but Thomas is always looking for the evidence and wanting the plan for eternal life to be set out step by step. I for one understand where he is coming from.

The Lord is, as Peter says, ‘a precious cornerstone for those who trust but a keystone to be stumbled over for those who have not yet found the Lord. But don’t we all stumble at the crossroads of our lives?

The Lord indeed does move in mysterious ways, and for each of us He makes the journey an individual experience.

Our eternal life begins with a commitment to Jesus. On the earthly plain (at least) the way is peppered with trials and the delights of spiritual awakenings which seem to follow the trials. However the Good News is that if we travel with the Lord we will arrive at the right place and it will be a glorious destination following an eventful and exciting trip.

This destination will provide lots of rooms for different souls, today’s Gospel tells us. So should we be too concerned about those not measuring up to our idea of living the ‘good life’? Maybe we should be more concerned with our own journey and making sure it comes up to our standards. Then we can be supportive of others on their way to the Lord.

One of the fun jobs we have as Christians is Praise, so let’s just ‘Ring out our joy ..... give thanks ..... and place our trust in the Lord.’

Judith Croke