Thursday 15 April 2021

What is truth?


John said to his disciples, ‘He who comes from heaven bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, even if his testimony is not accepted; though all who do accept his testimony are attesting the truthfulness of God, since he whom God has sent speaks God’s own words: God gives him the Spirit without reserve.’

From John 3:31-36


‘What is truth?’ asked Pontius Pilate of Jesus during his trial. Was he sincerely asking Jesus the question, or was it a question he posed to himself? Did he utter those words with a dismissive tone, as though truth was unimportant or too difficult to grasp? Whatever he meant by the words, they form an age old question. Surrounded by fake news and misleading social media posts, we can be left asking the same question – what, actually, is the truth?

As John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus, he raises the question of truthfulness. We know that John was related to Jesus in some way, possibly cousins. But no reference is made to this by John for the credentials of Jesus run deeper than his Nazareth home and upbringing. Jesus is the one who ‘comes from Heaven’ and ‘who ‘speaks God’s own words, the truthfulness of God.’

Surrounded as we are by so many stories and opinions, beliefs, news and newsworthy items, we can drown in a world of words and mixed messages. Jesus is the Word of God, an eloquent expression of what God wants to say to the world, and in Holy Scripture we encounter Jesus, we hear him speaking to us. The words he spoke are words from God. They are words in which we can trust, and through which we are given the hope of Heaven – from where Christ came and to where he wants to lead us.


Lord God, help us to be attentive to what you are saying to us, so that your Word will take deep root in our lives. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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