Living by the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

John 14:6

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

It is very easy for us to fall prey to the notion that life is primarily about mastering some technique or arcane body of knowledge. Lots and lots of religions and philosophies have at their core the idea that we must know how to do certain things or be conversant in certain “hidden knowledge” before we can really come into contact with divine mysteries. But Jesus reminds us that the core of life is not about technique or intellectual mastery of a philosophy. The core of life, in fact life itself, is a Person. The way is Jesus, not a set of ascetic and mystical techniques. The truth is Jesus, not a labyrinthine philosophy or set of concepts. The life is Jesus, not some abstract formulae or program. We are beloved and saved by a Person, not servants of an It. Thanks be to our Father for the gift of his Son who is our Way. Today, may everything we do and say reflect the way, the truth and the life.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

Subscribe to CE
(It's free)

Go to Catholic Exchange homepage