Fifth Sunday of Easter: John 14:1-12
Many people believe that living the Gospel message is unrealistic. History itself has given us a number of philosophers who have stated that Jesus was an idealist who saw and lived life in an idealistic dream world, not as it really is. They like to talk about Jesus, admiring His ethical code and His moral standards while at the same time plucking Jesus out of this world and out of touch with reality.
I suspect there are some visitors to our church who are here just for a few moments of relief in order to get out of this world and enter a dream world of sweetness, vague poetry and universal charm: a place of refuge from the world that is cold, hard, greedy and overly competitive. But the truth is that we are here in order to enter into the world. The truth is that God sent His Son into the world with the purpose and mission of transforming it and redeeming it from within and that in Christ, God is sending us to do the same.
As a matter of fact, Jesus believed His way was the cornerstone for all living. A cornerstone, we must remember, locates the site upon which a building will be constructed. It orients the direction toward which the building will face. It sets the characteristics of all the other stones that will surround it, along with their texture and their quality. All other stones are measured against the cornerstone. It is the essential stone which grounds the reality of the entire structure. Jesus is the cornerstone of our lives and we are invited to center our lives on him to live lives worthy of Him.
In this fragmented, hostile and broken world of ours, a world filled with broken hearts, promises, trusts and families, in this world that is more and more littered with damaged human hearts and souls, in a world with an ever increasing culture of destruction and death, what is more realistic: to live as Hollywood TV producers depict us in their so-called “reality” shows or to live in the family in which Jesus Christ invites us to share life?
Jesus told it like it really is: "I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." Living in truth and living in love make demands on us. They are demands that require the courage of faith and the sacrifices of love to turn this world, that we live in, into the Kingdom of God that we are invited to create while journeying throughout our lives.