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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Patrick Henry Reardon: The Way the Truth and the Life


The way, the truth and the life.

When we look at Jesus, we are faced with something radically different. All who heard him recognized that he taught as 'One having authority.' Jesus expounded no truths transcendent to himself: what he taught was otherwise unknowable and inaccessible.

Indeed, how would we know that we have a heavenly Father who loves and cares for us, except on the testimony of Jesus? Is this an obvious or otherwise available truth? Again, if Jesus had not mentioned the fact, how would we know that the very hairs of our head are all numbered? Is it really self-evident, after all, that God has even the slightest regard for every sparrow that falls? Or that a loving Father clothes in beauty the flowers of the field? We know these things for one reason only, that Jesus told us so.

Thus, the religious message of Jesus is inseparable from the authority of his own person, his own T. This T is central to his message and permeates the whole of it. Jesus' teaching is founded on the proclamation, 'But I say to you.' This T is the founda-tional component of the message, because Our Lord's doctrine stands or falls with himself. Jesus not only taught us that we have a Father in heaven, but he also claimed to be, in his own person, the sole access to that Father.
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