Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
This morning very early, a friend of mine invited me to go turkey hunting, in a town called Gaylord. So, I want to go right after morning mass, but I do not know the way. Do any of you know the way to Gaylord? I have this map that I found in my car, do you know how to read a map? Invite a few students to look at the map, and show me the way to Gaylord.
In our Gospel, Jesus says, “Where I am going you know the way.” However, Thomas speaks up and says, Master we do not know the where you are going; how can we know the way?” Thomas wants a map. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
What Jesus means when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” is we need to keep him at the center of our lives. It is easy when we are in church to do that but what happens when we leave here? We need to keep Jesus at the center of our lives, in our classrooms, by being respectful. We need to keep Jesus the center of our lives on the playground by including others to join in. We need to keep Jesus the center of our lives when we go home.
The best way to keep Jesus the center of our lives is to come to mass and receive him in the Eucharist. Our second graders are going to know what that feels like this coming Sunday. May we do all we can to keep Jesus at the center of our lives.