During RCIA this evening an idea hit me. I was trying to communicate the fact that the Christian faith is not just a list of rules to be obeyed or a list of doctrines to be believed, but it is an encounter with a person. It is a way of life. It is a journey and a destination, a beginning and an end.
Jesus Christ says he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We often break these down and think of him as the Way to the Father, the Truth to be believed and the Life that he wins through his death and resurrection. That’s okay, but maybe it is more than that. Maybe Via, Veritas, Vita are a little Holy Trinity. Maybe the three are one and the one three. Maybe all three are intertwined and inextricably combined, so that the Way is the Truth, and the Truth is the Life and the Life is the Way and the Life is the Truth and the Truth is the Life and the Truth is the Way.
In other words, The Truth can only be experienced as we walk with Christ in the Way, and the Way can only be discerned as we understand Christ the Truth, and the Way and the Truth are all fulfilled in the Life we lead in Christ and through Christ. With St Paul we say, “To live is Christ” and ‘My life is hid with Christ in God.