“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. JN 17:17 Today’s Gospel tells us that we are made holy by the truth of God’s word. Our culture today is in many ways very good but in many ways very bad! In one very bad way there is almost a total disregard of truth.
For many the only truth is my truth. I accept only what’s true for myself and not for others nor God’s truth! Pope Benedict XVI wisely pointed out: “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as definite and has as its highest value as one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”
“An abomination to Him is haughty eyes and lying tongue,Pro 6:16 We live in a heavy air of mendacity which is loathsome to God and humans! Often our society smothers the truth with a pillow hoping it will die. “Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.” Pro 12:22
We thank Our Savior Christ for His truth filled word! The word for truth in the inspired Greek New Testament is alethea which means not to escape notice. When Jesus was on trail before Pilate He said: “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” “Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?” JOHN 18:37
Thomas Merton many years ago in 1960s, when our culture was taking a dramatic change, made a very wise observation. “There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality!” Truth is reality!
We are losing thousands of Catholics because their faith is being suffocated “And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mk 4:18
Today there is a massive use of drugs to escape reality. Peace comes with truth. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” Jn 14:6 “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” JN 8:32
Fr. Bob Weiss, C.P. preaches Parish Missions and is a member of the Passionist Community in Louisville, Kentucky.