Friends, in today's Gospel Jesus says, "I am the way and the truth and the life."
Either Jesus is who he says he is (in which case we are obliged to give our whole lives to him), or he is a madman (in which case we should be against him).
What does not remain, as C.S. Lewis saw so clearly, is the bland middle position that, though he isn't divine, he is a good, kind, and wise ethical teacher. If he isn't who he says he is, then he isn't admirable at all.
Thus Jesus compels a choice in a manner that no other religious founder does. The Buddha could claim that he had found a way that he wanted to share with his followers, but Jesus said, "I am the way." Mohammed could say that, through him, the final divine truth had been communicated to the world, but Jesus said, "I am the truth." Confucius could maintain that he had discovered a new and uplifting form of life, but Jesus said, "I am the life." And thus, we are either with Jesus or we are against him. No other founder forces that choice as clearly as Jesus does.
Bishop Robert Barron. "I am the way and the truth and the life." Word On Fire (May 8, 2020).
Reprinted with permission of Bishop Robert Barron.
Bishop Robert Barron is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the founder of Word On Fire and the creator and host of the ten-part documentary series called CATHOLICISM (www.catholicismwordonfire.org). He has produced over 350 online video commentaries which have received over 9.5 million views worldwide. See his YouTube channel here. Fr. Barron's DVDs are used as powerful faith formation tools in universities, schools, churches and homes around the country. The series includes Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues; Conversion: Following the Call of Christ; and Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness. Fr. Barron is the author of Exploring Catholic Theology, And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation, Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals, Eucharist (Catholic Spirituality for Adults), Priority of Christ, The: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism, and Word on File: Proclaiming the Power of Christ.Copyright © 2020 Word On Fire
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