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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Reflection 2021-04-30 Friday Week 4 in Easter

Acts 13:26-33; Psalm 2; John 14:1-6
In the Gospel today, Jesus clearly said I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Many today, claim Jesus is one of the many ways to God, that there are many truths. But Jesus said clearly: he is the way, the truth and the life. There is no other way to the Father except through Jesus. There is no other truth, except Jesus. There is no other life except Jesus!
This is the good news Paul proclaimed in the First Reading, what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus is proof he is the Messiah of God, that everything Jesus said is true, he is the fulfillment of the commandment.
Some may ask, what about those who do not believe in Jesus? Will they be able to come to the Father. Romans 1:19-20 tells us: Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God has manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made. His eternal power also and divinity: so that they are inexcusable. Whatever can be known about God has been revealed to people because we can know about God from creation. Creation reveals his eternal power and divinity. Therefore, Paul said, there is no excuse for not knowing about God. St Paul continues in Romans: Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God or given thanks: but became vain in their thoughts. And their foolish heart was darkened. They refused to glorify God or thank him for one reason: their thoughts became vain and their hearts were darkened.
There are some people who for no fault of theirs cannot believe and yet, they seek the truth sincerely and honestly and strive to live according to the truth they know thus far in their life. For these, there is possible salvation. But for those who refuse to search for the truth, whose thoughts make them vain and hearts are darkened, St Paul said in Romans 2:1 For we know that the judgment of God is, according to truth, against them that do such things. Some may say this is uncharitable and unmerciful. But this is the Word of God. I have no right to change it. Likewise, I am not condemning anyone or judging them. I am pointing the fact that there is judgment for those who become vain because of their thoughts and hearts are darkened, unless they repent. It is God’s will that everyone be saved. But our salvation depends on our decision because God has already opened the door to our salvation, we just need to decide we want to enter it. But God will not save us if we do not want to be saved.
But for those who seek the way to God, the truth about Jesus and the life God gives through Jesus, then there is salvation. Jesus in fact gives them a promise: do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me… I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
There is salvation even for non-Christians, if they sincerely seek God in the truth. But there is no salvation for those who are vain because of their thoughts and whose hearts are darkened.
Lord, help me to search for your way, your truth and your life. When I do not understand, let me trust you and come to you, because you have the words of eternal life.

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