‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me’. These words are from our Gospel reading for today.
The great Origen commented on these words as follows: ‘Now the way of the Lord is made straight in two fashions. First, in the way of contemplation, when thought is made clear in truth without any mixture of falsehood; and then in the way of conduct, after the sound contemplation of what ought to be done, when action is produced which harmonises with sound theory of conduct. … Let us stand, then, as Jeremiah exhorts, upon the ways, and let us see and ask after the ancient ways of the Lord, and let us see which is the good way, and walk in it. Thus did the Apostles stand and ask for the ancient ways of the Lord; they asked the Patriarchs and the Prophets, enquiring into their writings, and when they came to understand these writings they saw the good way, namely, Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the way”, and they walked in it. … And it will lead to Him who is the life, and who says, “I am the life”. … He who travels on this way is told to take nothing with him on it, since it provides bread and all that is necessary for life’.
May we walk securely on this way, which is our Lord Himself, and may God bless you this day.