The Way of Jesus: a Reflection on Psalm 106:1-27, Daniel 9:3-10, Hebrews 2:10-18 and John 12:44-50
There is much at stake today in the Church. What do followers really believe about Jesus and the centrality of his person to Christianity? Jesus is the Suffering servant and the risen Lord. He is the One through whom all things are created. And, Jesus is the Way and the truth and the life. It is only through him that there is salvation. In the gospel of John, Jesus himself states that if a person believes in him they really are believing in the Father. Radical. There is no room for a religious pluralism that places Christianity, Islam and Judaism on the same path. Jesus makes that impossible and Christians must return to understanding and living Christianity not something other, a creation of religious pluralism. The psalmist reminds us that those who are happy are those who observe justice. The way of Jesus is about justice. Daniel reminds us that the faithful listen well to God. It is through Jesus’ death that the power of death is destroyed and those who believe in Jesus are free from the slavery of the fear of death. I need to listen better to God; through the Spirit and written Word. Jesus is the Savior and Lord of all of life. I thank you Jesus for holding on to me; calling me to a life of sacrifice, faithfulness and justice. That seems to be your way; it defines Christianity.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.