Jesus Master, the Way, Truth and Life
I love to start and end my prayer with Jesus as Master, the Way, Truth, and Life, have mercy on us. I have probably uttered “Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life …” consciously and unconsciously a thousand times. Blessed James Alberione who gave the Pauline Family this prayer wrote that, “Everything is school” and Jesus is the Master or teacher in that school.
If everything is school, then every thing is a learning experience. In the school of Jesus, the master Himself designs the learning experiences that will enable us to learn the truth. These learning experiences are tailored to our needs. Who else will know and understand our uniqueness except the one who crated us to be unique?
If everything is school, then we should always be in the learning mode, not wanting to miss a class, always trying to be in his presence. We know that he does not conduct his classes in a classroom. He likes to do it through field trips, in the temple, in the market, wherever there are human interactions. But he also gives one-on-one tutoring to those humble enough to admit they’re really finding it hard to learn. His motto: ‘Life is only a onetime experience, live it in my presence‘.
If everything is school and we have been admitted to the best school we would do everything to stay in that school. It would be foolish for us to leave the class simply because we think we are not doing well or because the assignment are difficult and challenging or our classmates aren’t cool. It would be foolish not to take the class seriously knowing that it is the only way to surely land a job in the company of the Father. (Yes, I think we will still be working when we get there. It will be very boring if we will just be sitting there and listening to the choirs of angels singing.)
I found this in one of my auntie’s collections of notes and books about leadership. It’ from a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the Children’s home in Calcutta.”
A N Y W A Y
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.
And my auntie Tess did just that.
The love story between Yahweh and the Jewish people were almost all in the context of the Jewish people on the move. “God never wanted us to stay in one place; otherwise He would have created us to grow roots” says a travel guide to Jerusalem.
We are pilgrims here on earth; don’t fall in love with the place. That’s what the church teaches or at least something like it. God indeed must have created us to be always in motion; never to stay where we are; never to stay the way we are. While we are still on this earth, we are not supposed to “arrive”. We are not supposed to get stuck at our misery or the joy of being called to a vocation.
I think God calling us to this life is like the experience of some of the believers called by Jesus to become His disciple. Like the believers we responded with great enthusiasm, with great pride at being chosen and for being invited to come and learn more from Jesus. This is a call to FAITH. But this is just the first stage of our relationship with God.
Some of the disciples became Jesus’ friend, savoring everything that Jesus reveals to them about the love of the Father. I thought what joy could be greater than to be Jesus’s friend. This is an invitation to intimacy with God. But this is not the end of our journey. We wish of course this is it.
Our life of prayer’s ultimate aim is to transform our relationship with Jesus from FRIENDSHIP to LOVE to SERVICE. The fruit of prayer should not just be the love that is of “love till it hurts” type but the love that is of “not just the fruit but the tree as well” type, the type that offers oneself to God totally, no more, no less, in total trust.