Thomas said to him, “Lord we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way?"
Have you ever been asked to give directions to a location which you frequent regularly, and that you go to almost automatically? I regularly receive calls from people who are visiting the church, either for a Sunday service, a wedding or a funeral, all of whom want to know where we are and how best to get here. And quite often, I must confess, I make a compete mess of the directions which I give… I know the route that I take, but it may not be the easiest or most direct route for others, depending on where they are coming from.
In John’s gospel, Jesus is reassuring the disciples that even though he will be with them “only a little longer”, he is going to prepare a place for each of them: Thomas, Peter, Philip, James, the saints through the ages, and yes, even you and I. Thomas echoes our sentiments when he asks Jesus, how do we get there, “How can we know the way?” Our life journeys bring us to faith from many different paths and circumstances, and at times, we can become confused, looking for signs or directions along the way. In his reply to Thomas, Jesus makes what is perhaps the most important claim, the most significant assurance that we hear in all of scripture: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” In this statement, Jesus doesn’t offer a description (it’s across the street from the Grand Theatre), nor does he give directions (take Queen’s Ave all the way to)… he says “I am the way”… and I will take you if you will walk with me.
Our Lenten time affords us the opportunity to consider the ways in which Jesus invites us to walk with him, and through this walk, to know the fullness of God’s love by way of the cross and the resurrection… a path which leads to the Father and the glory of eternal life. At times, we are like Thomas, wondering, wandering, at times unsure, coming from different paths… but our trust and faith in Jesus Christ continues to be for us life-giving.
As we journey through these next few sacred days, days that are central to our faith, let us hear anew and accept the invitation to walk with the One who is The Way, and The Truth, and the Life…
If this is your first visit, it is a joy to welcome you to our Cathedral web site. Perhaps you are looking to find the presence of God in your own life journey, a search that in the midst of the noise and confusion of our age, can at times seem overwhelming. Maybe we can be of some assistance. Contained within this site are examples of the ministry that we share as the cathedral church of St. Paul’s. We enjoy a wonderful mix of young and old, those who are new to the faith, as well as those who are mature Christians. In the midst of a wonderful blend of personalities comes the blessing of a variety of gifts and ministries. May the information you find here encourage you in your own faith journey. We invite you to come and make your spiritual home with us at St. Paul’s, but pray that wherever you are, you will find a Christian community where you can deepen your faith, and explore what it is that God is calling you to. Wherever you are, your prayers for the ministry of the people of St. Paul’s Cathedral are appreciated, and know that you will be in ours.
We are thankful for the people of St. Paul’s, who offer their gifts for the ministry of the church as we seek to live out the commission that our Lord gave to us all, and we are thankful that you have visited us here… we wish you every blessing as you continue your journey in faith.