Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
John 18: 33-37
As much as I (talk too much and) tell half truths, judge others, or fear the unknown, I do not belong to the truth, and the truth does not live in me. In a worldly context, Caesar, and his henchman, Pilate, appeared to be the rulers of the world, but they did ‘not belong to truth.’ Their pitch for power was based on singing their own praises, judging whole races of people as being inferior, and fearing downward mobility to the point that they crucified the Christ who had preached love to the crowds and had healed even some Roman citizens. Clearly the Roman Empire did not belong to the truth, and the real truth of God’s mercy and affiliation with both men and women was not upheld by those who sided with the Roman governors to put the Son of God to death. Only those who truly followed Jesus’ way of righteousness belonged to truth. These were a remnant of the crowds, the people who listened to the truth that Jesus had proclaimed through his passion and beyond the Resurrection: “Let the truth set you free!”, “Pray for your enemies!”, “Forgive!”, “Do not be afraid!”. Today, what is the truth that I need to belong to, that needs to find its place in me? Am I listening to Jesus? Christ Jesus, help me belong to the truth and so listen to you.
Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O Lord, for evermore. (Psalm 93:5)
Truth sees God, and wisdom contemplates God, and from these two comes a third, a holy and wonderful delight in God, who is love.
― Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.