MAY 19. EASTER. Wk 7. Wed. Jn 17. 11-19
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:
keep those you have given me true to your name,
so that they may be one like us.
While I was with them,
I kept those you had given me true to your name.
I have watched over them
and not one is lost
except the one who chose to be lost,
and this was to fulfil the scriptures.
But now I am coming to you
and while still in the world I say these things
to share my joy with them to the full.
I passed your word on to them,
and the world hated them,
because they belong to the world
no more than I belong to the world.
I am not asking you to remove them from the world,
but to protect 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,
I have sent them into the world,
and for their sake I consecrate myself
so that they too may be consecrated in truth.’
This reading, as we approach Pentecost, focuses very much on the subject of Truth; - and the world’s need for it; - while also making it clear “the world” is totally ignorant of the Truth!
The subject of “Truth” is rarely discussed in relation to human life and its purpose which is a strange situation given all the searching we do for truth in relation to science, and the great emphasis we put on it in other areas, eg: Medicine. One has to ask why do we show such little concern for Truth when it comes to the purpose and meaning of life?
And even when we discuss religion with non-believers we seem to avoid the issue of “what is the Truth”; - as if it is not really that important; - and yet “truth” is at the very heart of Faith!
Christ put great emphasis on Truth, claiming to be “the Truth” which he is; - as he is God and His purpose in becoming man was to reveal the truth!
He did not just come among just to us to ‘tell’ the Truth; - he also lived with us to ‘bear witness’ to it; - in both his teachings and his way of life; - and that included revealing the extent of God’s love for his people; - in that he was prepared to sacrifice his life on a Cross!
When people search for truth, we do so by insisting, rightly, on evidence by which it can be validated; - and Christ ended his life by providing evidence; - in the form of his Resurrection! Yet; - even in the light of that evidence; - many still do not believe he revealed “the Truth?”
Gospel Acclamation cf. John 17:17
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
make us holy in the truth.