Earlier on in John’s Gospel Jesus has turned to the disciples and asked them if they want to leave him as there are many deciding to give up the life of discipleship because it is too hard. In today’s Gospel we hear the expanded reason why Peter tells Jesus that they do not want leave. In Chapter six the reason given is that there is no one else to whom to turn and follow. Here we find this expressed in more positive ways in terms of Jesus being the Way, the Truth and the Life. What does this – nay, what should this mean to us?

 

There is no simple answer that fits every person. Each of us must discover for ourselves how it is that Jesus is our Way, our Truth and our Life. We cannot allow our faith to rest on the shoulders of others alone. We must personalize it for our own needs and requirements. Each of us is an individual person, unique in the eyes of both God and the world. We all have our talents and we all have our needs. Jesus can meet these needs and develop our talents only if we know him and are willing to work with him and the Holy Spirit in this task.

 

As we meditate upon this truth today and ask ourselves what our role is in our life of faith we can be sure that Jesus will provide for anything that is lacking. There is never any reason to despair as a disciple of Jesus because we have a God who is in control of providence – he is the Master of the Universe and so nothing is impossible for him. Jesus invites us to share in his perfect experience of God the Father’s love and providence and I think we are mad if we do not readily accept this invitation with our whole hearts.

 

Unfortunately there is always someone who thinks they know better than God, or thinks they do not need God or can find another excuse to ignore God’s call. Let us be sure that we are not that person. Let us be sure that we are always ready to open our hearts and minds to the grace and blessings of God.

 

Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart to Jesus today and to open it unreservedly because he is my Lord and Master – the all-loving, all-powerful and all-generous living God.