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Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Reading Acts 13:26-33
Gospel John 14:1-6

“I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Within the Gospel account of St. John, there are two significant exchanges between Jesus and Thomas. We hear the more famous exchange on the Second Sunday of Easter, where Thomas doubts what his fellow apostles tell him about the Resurrection, only a week later to be confronted by the Risen Jesus Himself. But today, on a weekday during the middle of Easter, we hear another form of doubt from Thomas.

Thomas expresses doubt in two ways. First, he expresses doubt about Jesus as a leader. A good leader makes sure that his followers know their goal. So when Thomas claims that “we” do not know where Jesus is going, he’s expressing doubt about the goal of Jesus. Do you ever share this doubt, or lose sight of the goal that Jesus is leading you towards through your vocation?

The second expression of doubt concerns the way to the goal. Thomas’ words seem to hold some sort of logic: if he does not know the goal, how can he know the way? Only a fool sets out on a journey without knowing the goal. If he doesn’t know the goal, then each and every step is as likely to take him farther away from his goal as it is to take him closer towards it.

However, this second expression of doubt is also a doubt about Jesus as a leader. If Jesus is a good leader, which of course He is, then why do we have to know the goal? The leader is the way to stay on track: staying close to Him ensures progress towards the goal. Thomas also has to learn from Jesus, though, that Jesus is the Life: that is, the very goal to which Jesus is leading His disciples.