Proclaiming Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth and the life” is the main task of the Church, Pope Benedict said in his Sunday Regina Coeli remarks.
“The New Testament put an end to invisibility of the Father. God showed his face, as long-established by the response of Jesus to the Apostle Philip, ‘Whoever has seen me has seen the Father’,” the Pope told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on May 22.
For Christians, he explained, “the way to the Father is to be guided by Jesus, by his word of truth, and in tolerant the gift of his life.”
Pope Benedict optional the way of Jesus Christ is to be found in “following him every day, in simple actions that make up our day.”
He then quoted his own words from the second volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth:
“That's the mystery of God: to act in the quietest way. He only builds gradually in the great story of mankind’s history. He becomes a man, but in order to be unnoticed by his contemporaries and powerful forces in history ... He continually knocks in the quietest way on the doors of our hearts, and if we open ourselves to him, he gradually makes us able to ‘see’.”
Pope Benedict drew upon the gospel reading for today, the fifth Sunday of Easter, in which Jesus Christ tells his disciples “Have faith in God, believe also in me.” The Pope piercing out that this belief is a single act of faith, and not two separate actions.
He cited the guidance of the 13th-century Italian theologian St. Bonaventure, who said “Open your eyes, therefore, tend the spiritual ears, open your lips and you have your heart, that you can in all creatures see, hear, praise, love, worship, glorify, honor your God.”