Frank McCourt’s memoir, “Angela’s Ashes” rocked me to my very core. A selection of memories about growing up in Depression-era Ireland, the book was almost too candid for me. If it weren’t for the beautifully lyrical storytelling style, I might never have finished it.
The great poignant moment in the book, however, was when Frankie got a job as a messenger boy. Riding his bike throughout the county delivering telegrams, he found his way to the wealthy spinster who controlled most of the fortune of the region. To Frankie’s surprise his arrival to her house on the beachfront promontory coincided with her passing away. Before anyone else had been alerted, Frankie stood in the room with the deceased spinster.
It was a well known fact that the spinster was the unofficial “loan shark” of the area and next to the woman’s body rested a wooden chest that contained all of the loan slips from every poor family in the village. Frankie picked the box up and took it to the rocky promontory and proceeded to dump all the evidence of past debts into the sea.
When Jesus makes the statement that he is the “way, truth, and life” in John 14, He is taking the position of progenitor in the new Passover. He, in effect, is showing how God intends to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. How the course of history will be irrevocably altered. And how each person can receive the benefit of God conquering the biggest enemy, death itself.