The Steep and Thorny Road of Truth
Today I will offer Christ something that is good but not necessary
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Introductory Prayer: Lord, I long to put you first in my life. It is easy to get
caught up in daily activities. But you are not just another activity: you are my Lord and my God. I
do believe in you, but I know that I need to believe in you more strongly. I do love you, but I must
still strive to love you more than I love myself and my plans. I wish to offer you the best of
myself right now in this time of conversation with you.
Petition: Lord, may I understand that you are the truth. May I love you
as Truth-made-incarnate in my heart.
Truth and the Good Interwoven: “For he taught them as one having authority and not as
the scribes.” In his encyclical The Splendor of Truth, Pope John Paul II reminded us of the
necessary link between freedom, truth and the good. He went so far as to say that a correct
understanding of this link is essential for the salvation of the world. Jesus taught with authority
because he was both the Truth and the Good. Our freedom consists in recognizing this and living
accordingly. Do I sincerely seek the truth in my life? Do I sincerely seek what is truly good, or am
I conforming myself in some way to the hedonistic and self-seeking standards of the
2. Multiplying Our Good:
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?” When our freedom
refuses to recognize that Jesus is the Truth and that our greatest good consists in loving and
following him, we feel threatened. We try to hold on to the good we imagine that we have apart from
him. He does not want to take away the good we have, but rather he wishes to increase and multiply
it. But to do so we must allow lesser goods we now have to die so that greater goods might rise with
strength. Unless the seed falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a seed. But if it dies it
rises to new life (cf. John 12:24).
The Demands of Truth: “All were amazed and asked one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching
with authority.’” Today we live in a relativistic world, where truth is whatever we want it to be.
“Whatever makes you comfortable” is the motto of the day. We are amazed when Jesus breaks the mold
of relativism, revealing the lie hidden within it and proclaims that he is the Truth. When the
Gospel makes demands on my life, do I shift into relativism and believe that it makes no difference
how or if I respond? If the Gospel makes me comfortable I will obey, but if not…. Truth can be
demanding, but what a blessing it is that, in the person of Christ, truth is also love, mercy,
goodness and joy. Do I love the truth and strive to live in the light?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know how
easily I excuse myself from meeting your demands for my life. I do so even while knowing that when I
fulfill them I always discover new strength, hidden energy and untapped resources of love within me.
Help me to give myself to you in love, to meet your demands, and to experience the power of grace
unleashed within me.
Resolution: Today I will offer Christ something that is good but
not necessary. By doing this, I will show my love for him and grow in self-detachment, so I can be
more open to the good that he wishes to give me.
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