Pastoral Thought

4-14-19

 

            Jesus died for the Truth, (“for this I was born and came into the world: to bear witness to the Truth.”) and the one who sentenced him to death said “truth—what does that mean?”

            In our world today “truth” is claimed by many voices who espouse opposite things. Some of this is quite valid. If you think your girlfriend is the prettiest and I think mine is, we’re both right and even happy for each other. If Sam thinks email is a better way to communicate our organization’s message, while Michele favors snap-chat, the competition will probably lead to a good result.

            But when “truth” is manufactured or manipulated as easily happens in TV news, internet, advertising, think-tanks and politics, people gradually become persuaded that there is no truth as such, only what people choose to believe as true, even in the face of facts. And therefore a healthy approach is to be skeptical of truth claims, especially when they promote a vested interest.

            In today’s world, the rising generation is very skeptical (“truth isn’t necessarily what a vested interest tells us”), and often cynical (“there is no absolute truth”). This cynicism extends to religion and especially the Catholic Church today. We must be witnesses to the Truth, and this will require reforms in the Church.

            Jesus came to bear witness to the Truth. “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He witnesses to the truth by his death.

            As we begin Holy Week, we ask God to help us know and embrace the truth which is in Jesus. So that we may recognize and love our neighbor as ourselves. Yes, we must be skeptical of truth-claims, which conflict with the truth in Jesus. Cynical? Never! This is the world that “God so loved that he sent his only Son.”

Father John Hynes