Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent
Jesus and Abraham
I received a text message from a friend of mine that says: “Everybody in Malacanang and all cabinet secretaries and undersecretaries should see their Dentist….they are all suffering from Truth Decay!”
Jesus said in today’s gospel: “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The truth is that all of us know we are created in the image and likeness of God; that we are children of God and forever united to Him; that we are capable of knowing the truth and freely ordering our lives towards the good; that we are connected with one another through the mystery of the Body of Christ and this can inspire us to lives of loving service for our neighbor..
“And the truth will set you free,” Jesus says. Many people associate freedom with the mere absence of external constraints. Yes this can be one of the conditions for freedom but the core of freedom does not lie in an absence of external constraints. Freedom is an affirmation. It affirms our ability to make choices, to decide and to determine ourselves. Pope John Paul II had greatly emphasized that: “Although each individual has a right to be respected in his own journey in search of the truth, there exists a prior moral obligation, and a grave one at that, to seek the truth and to adhere to it once it is known,” (The Splendor of Truth, n. 34).
You know what, there are many manifestations or signs that will appear in our physical bodies to show that we are telling lies and not telling the truth. These are obvious and we become uneasy. According to an unknown author these signs are maybe: the color of the skin on our face may pale; our eyes may show rapid movement or become watery from the fear of being discovered; we will try to avoid eye contact; the pattern of speech changes; our voice trembles while our jaw tenses. Under stress, we may have shallow breath; we may try to avoid and change the topic or we may sing because we are nervous; our comments will clash; we may play with our hair or bite our nails; our hands may shift about. We perspire for no obvious reason; we may feel weak in the knees; at night we may not sleep in peace for our morals will bother us; we may think our secret is safe while we try to hide the signs our body is giving and so on and so forth.
In relations to the things I just mentioned, a story is told of four high school boys who couldn’t resist the temptation to skip morning classes. Each had been smitten with a bad case of spring fever. After lunch they showed up at school and reported to the teacher that their car had a flat tire. Much to their relief, she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a quiz this morning, so take your seats and get out a pencil and paper.”
Still smiling, she waited as they settled down and got ready for her questions. Then she said: “First question, which tire was flat?” They perspired and had different answers to the question.
God knows our secrets. His love has given us many signs. Let us ask Him to forgive us and to give us strength. He will lift our burdens of guilt and return our inner peace so the truth can be known.
We may always embrace Jesus Himself who is the Truth that sets us free.