Today we encounter Jesus as the great Teacher, whose words give delight to those who listen to him. But Jesus is not teaching multiplication facts, grammar, or world history (as much delight as these subjects can give). He comes to teach us, by his words and deeds, how to live with true love and in true joy. Jesus’s teachings do not become outdated, and his message is not in need of revision. Jesus forever remains “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

In our modern context, in which the truth and facts have become topics of doubt and debate, I have been reflecting on the enduring fact that Jesus is “the Truth.” The unconditional love which Jesus has for all people and which he teaches to us will always be true. How does Jesus teach you today, and what is his message for you?

—Jack McLinden, SJ is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province; he is currently studying philosophy at St. Louis University.