Our school motto, The Way, the Truth and the Life, is sometimes mistakenly used as a reference to St Francis Xavier or even our College. At other times even staff members have been referred to as the way, truth and life.
In the context of John’s last discourse in chapter 14 of the Gospel, where Jesus is preparing his disciples for his absence, this phrase is used in reference to Jesus himself and Jesus alone.
The passage makes clear that Jesus is the way to God and he is reminding his disciples that he is about to open this door for others through his coming death and resurrection. Christian teaching has always held that through Jesus we have a doorway to God. A way to God.
The theology of the incarnation unpacks this idea, but essentially it is about God’s love for the world and the liberation that God’s presence in the world through the life of Jesus brings.
For this reason we end our prayers by saying through Christ our Lord. He is the mediator, a bridge to enable us to more readily connect with God.
It would be presumptuous of us to think that we are the mediators to God for others as Jesus can.
This is why a school with such a motto, The Way, the Truth and the Life, should give life to it by purposefully Orientating to Christ.
The intention of using these words in our College Game Plan is to represent our motto truly and beautifully to the world, just as the Belgrave Church sign does.