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Engaging the Word: 5th Sunday of Easter

The Gospel of John explains the unique role of Jesus for those who wish to know God. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Jesus says. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” Of course, even before Jesus, God had spoken to the Jewish people through the prophets of the Old Testament. Many people of other religions also had some understanding of God as creator. But without Christ, humanity’s knowledge of God was incomplete. We can see hints of God in nature and human culture, but apart from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we cannot know who God really is.

In our day a culture of relativism rules. Relativism denies that there is any one truth; relativism claims that all beliefs are equally true. Relativism cannot be true because the beliefs of different religions contradict each other, but today many find relativism appealing because it means we can pick and chose what we want to believe. As Catholics, we can see goodness in other religions, and we must treat even those people with whom we disagree with love and respect. But the fullness of truth can only be found in the teachings of Jesus handed on to us through the Catholic Church. We cannot deny that Jesus is who he says he is: “the way and the truth and the life.”

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