I knew what I was hearing wasn’t true. It couldn’t possibly be true. His truck, pulling a trailer with a heavy, old Russian manufactured motorcycle, struck my car with such force that it spun me sideways and knocked the frame halfway to the junk yard. My client files, moments ago carefully organized on the back seat, splattered up against the back of the front passenger seat and scattered into a heap across the floor on both sides of the back seat.
Yet he insisted that he made a full stop at the intersection and was just accelerating from that dead stop when I tried to race past him through the intersection.
No way could he have generated that kind of force from a dead stop.
It was up to the insurance companies to battle it out, but eventually, his insurance company agreed that the accident was completely his fault.
It was one man’s version of the truth versus my version.
Luckily, the facts clearly supported my version.
There’s one source of ultimate truth. God. And God in the person of Jesus. One in the same being. One Truth.
Today’s Alleluia verse before the Gospel (John 8:31b-32) says
If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
Do you want to know the truth?
Remain in God’s word.
Jesus tells the disciples
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father.” – John 14:7a
Do you want to know the truth?
How do we know Jesus?
Remain in God’s word. Read Holy Scripture. Read the bible. Study the readings from the Daily Mass.
Pilate asks Jesus on Good Friday
“What is truth?”
… after Jesus tells him that He was born and came into the world to testify to the truth, and
“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” – John, chapter 18, end of verse 37.
Pilate, surrounded by wealth and luxury, protected by a powerful army, could not be certain of the truth. What lesson does that hold for us?
The Apostles and chosen disciples, including Paul, were inspired to spread the truth by the Holy Spirit. They brought the truth to as many nations and regions as they could. They brought the truth to Jews and Gentiles alike.
Yet the Chosen People rejected the truth and persecuted the disciples (today’s First Reading, Acts 13:44-52). So the disciples, inspired by the command of the Lord, established a church separate from the synagogue.
How many times are we presented with the truth and we choose to ignore it or at least want to ignore it because it doesn’t fit with our desires? Or our version of events?
What’s our response?
Do we remain in God’s word?
Or do we make up our own words? Do we manufacture our own truth?
I wish that I only battled that temptation every day. But instead, I find myself manufacturing truth countless times, every hour, every single day.
How about you?
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.