Joseph Stalin was a Soviet dictator but he was filled with fear for his safety that he built his residence in Moscow with eight bedrooms. Each night he chose a bedroom at random to ensure that no one knew exactly where he was sleeping.
Beloved in the Lord, Christ in our gospel today gives himself to us as an antidote to fear; Christ as the way implies that he does not simply give advice and direction. He personally is the way and we must not lose focus on him. The Lord Jesus leads and guides us personally every day. Again Jesus as the Truth according to St. Gregory Nazianzus, A.D. 381; is the embodied truth in person this is because;
He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life.
Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water.
Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest.
Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King.
Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet He cast out demons.
Jesus wept, yet He wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet He redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.
Jesus died, yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.
Jesus did not just show us the way to life but he is the Life itself; Jesus gives eternal life which only God can give because he is God himself. Today we must reflect on our relationship with Jesus and examine ourselves by asking; if our personal life is propelled by the Lord Jesus the way, the truth and the life.
Prayer: Lord help me to resist fear and cling to you at all times. Amen