Many moons ago, I had an elderly
professor in the seminary who taught us canon (church) law. He was a person who
was well-seasoned from years of experience as a priest dealing with people in
general, but failed marriages in
particular. He handled the process of annulments for his diocese. Having been
told by other seminarians that he would utter a particular phrase when
prompted, we were all too eager to bait him frequently with a hypothetical question.
Father, do people always tell you the
truth when they come to you seeking an annulment? The bait was set. Would
he take it? Gentlemen, they lie and they lie
and they lie. Never failed; like clockwork.
I sadly think in similar manner
when I look at the world around me. Who
can I trust? The media? Politicians? Big
pharma? Doctors? Educators? Lawyers? Lobbyists? Corrupt church officials (think
McCarrick)? Need I go on? They lie and they lie and they lie!
Yes, I am cynical, at times, and
skeptical quite often. Can you blame me? Look at the approval ratings for the
media and politicians. If they got any
lower they would actually be communicating to us or legislating on our behalf
or Sheol or Gehenna. Speaking of such a place, need I remind you
who is considered the Father of Lies?
Today the Gospel provides us with
an alternative to all of this. I am the way and the truth and the life
(Jn.14:6). Very bold
words indeed! Certainly you have heard
of the liar, lunatic, Lord trilemma.
Who can say such things as Jesus did?
Is He a liar, a lunatic or is He Lord? C.S. Lewis put it so
I am trying here to prevent anyone
saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [that is,
Christ]: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t
accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who
was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great
moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he
is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your
choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or
something worse.... You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and
kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But
let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human
teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. —Mere Christianity
I am the Bread of Life . . .
I am the Resurrection and the Life . . .
I am the Light of the World . . .
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life . . .
We all must make a choice. No fence-sitting. Who is Jesus?
Lord Jesus, I trust in Thee!
Fr. Ed Namiotka