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Cling to Christ

Taken from Medulla S. Thomae Aquinatis which arranges various short texts from St. Thomas Aquinas' corpus based on the liturgical year. I will be posting the day's meditation each day and will be bringing it into print once I'm through it.

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February 14th

Cling to Christ

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)

I. The way is Christ Himself, for by Him we have access to the Father. Because this way is not separated from its terminus but united to it, he adds, and the truth, and the life. So Christ is at once both the way and the destination. He is the way by reason of his human nature, and the terminus because of his divinity. Therefore, as human, he says, I am the way; as God, he adds, and the truth, and the life. These last two appropriately indicate the terminus of the way. For the terminus of this way is the end of human desire. Now human beings especially desire two things, knowledge of the truth and to continue their act of existence (sui esse continuationem). Christ is the way to arrive at the knowledge of the truth, while still being the truth itself, and, Christ is also the way to arrive at life, while still being life itself.

II. This is the reason why Christ referred to himself as the way, united to its terminus: because He is the terminus, containing in Himself whatever can be desired, that is, existing truth and life. If then, you ask which way to go, accept Christ, for he is the way: this is the way, walk in it (Isa 30:21). And Augustine says: walk like this human being and you will come to God. It is better to limp along on the way than to walk briskly off t