Fifth Sunday of Easter

Like many people these days, I find the sat nav in the car immensely useful for finding my way. It’s one of those things I have become so reliant on, I’m not sure what I would do without it. It makes it so much easier to get to one’s destination, both showing you the way and warning you when you have taken a wrong turn thus keeping you on the right route to where it is you are heading. Although, as those of us who have used sat navs know, they are not perfect.


In the Gospel for this Sunday, Our Lord says to his disciples: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” As Christians, our life is a journey towards holiness, towards our heavenly Father and eternal life in his kingdom. As we know, it is easy take a wrong turning on that journey and get ourselves lost. We are often tempted by our own desires and selfishness to follow our own road rather than the road that leads to holiness. Those wrong turnings we take we call sin and they lead us away from the road that leads to God.


But as sat navs in cars mean we are not left unaided to find our way to the destination to which we are driving, so we are not left to our own devices to find our way to eternal salvation. As Our Lord says, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Our Lord has prepared the way before us and guides us along that route to holiness, walking with us, if we allow him to do so. He does that through our encounter with him in the Scriptures, in the Sacraments, in prayer, and in his Church. In these ways, Our Lord shows us the path to eternal salvation.


And yet, we can still get lost, not because Our Lord fails us like an imperfect sat nav, but because we ourselves fail to follow the path he shows us. Our sinfulness can lead us along other paths and we can close our ears to the voice of Our Lord calling us to follow him. How often do we allow our own weaknesses to dictate our path? How often do we prefer to take the easier path, ignoring the teachings Our Lord gives us in Scripture or through his Church? How often do we dilute Our Lord’s teachings or interpret them in a way that suits us?

But even if we do take a wrong turning in life and get ourselves lost, we are not abandoned by Our Lord. He continues to call us along the right path. We just need to listen to his voice and follow the path he has prepared for us, a path that leads us to holiness and eternal salvation. The path we follow is ours to choose.

Reflection from Canon Peter Morgan