Friday in the Octave of Easter
by Fr. Raymond Gawronski, S.J.
“There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
These words no doubt gave scandal at the time they were written, and certainly give scandal today. After all: aren’t there “many roads up the mountain” – and really don’t all roads lead to God?
Well, that sounds nice enough. But shouldn’t we ask: “well, do they?” How could anyone know that – unless they had sure knowledge of God, and then had in fact somehow proved that all these different roads lead to God! Of course, we want to “COEXIST” and it is simply bad manners to say any one way is better than another!
But the fact is, only Jesus ever claimed to be “The Way, the Truth, the Life.”(Jn.14:6) Only Jesus said “no one comes to the Father but through Me.”(Ibid) And in fact, what other great religious figure spoke of God as His Father? Buddha scrupulously avoided speaking of God, Muhammad would have died before he said any such thing. Their “ways” may bring many blessings- by God’s mysterious grace – to people of good will. But though they taught ways, none of them ever claimed to be the way.
When all is said and done, well, humans as humans need to have a meal. In Jesus we do not surrender or lose our humanity. In fact, we are given it definitively. That is, we are saved. He prepares the meal for us. He serves us at table. And, in the end, He Himself is our meal. (John 6:53) Let us rejoice in this eternal Easter Feast!