April 28

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. Different religious or political groups claim special insights. We can be immensely intolerant of those who differ from us. We need to reflect on how to be bearers of the truth that overcomes divisions and builds union. The disregard for facts today in the pursuit of secular and religious power, fame or wealth surrounds us and makes us skeptical and cynical. 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. Tolerance alone is not enough. It can be patronizing and condescending, but seeking to live in 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

 People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.
Andy Rooney

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
Robert H. Schuller

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Mahatma Gandhi

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Truth exists; only lies are invented.
Georges Braque

 

 

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