August 12

Reflection

Consecrate them in the truth.
John 17:11-19

At the present time, claims to the truth appear to divide rather than to unite us.. If we are to be disciples of Jesus, we need to reflect on how to be bearers of the truth that overcomes divisions and builds union. We can be immensely intolerant of those who differ from us. The disregard for facts today in the pursuit of secular and religious power, fame or wealth makes us skeptical and cynical. Different religious or political groups claim special insights. Jesus asked that we be “consecrated in truth”, that as his disciples we live aware of God’s presence, that our standards will not be for our own selfish goals but to witness to the truth of his life. Tolerance alone is not enough. It can be patronizing and condescending, but seeking to live God’s truth can be transformative.

Prayer 

May I find the truth that sets me free.

Action

How can I seek the truth in situations? How can I cut through false rhetoric and posturing?  Do I participate in this? Do I adhere to it? What standard can I use to measure my view of what is true?

Suggested Reading

“I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”
John 17:11-19

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
Mahatma Gandhi

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy 

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer
 

 

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Advent Candle Lighting

Advent Candle Lighting

Join with Christians around the world in the prayerful ritual of lighting the Advent wreath.

Prayer

A Child came for all of us and because of that Child
We believe that love is stronger than fear,
Peace more enduring than hate
And that darkness will never extinguish the light
We are people of hope.

(Light the first candle)

Today we light the candle of peace.
Let us pray for the peace of Christ
which is the fullness of blessing for all.
For this peace we dare to hope.

(Second candle is lit)

We light the candle of love.
For God so loved the world, that a Child was given;
a Savior in the form of love incarnate.
As we light these candles of hope, peace and love,
Let us give thanks for God’s enduring love.

(Light the third candle)

 

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