Scripture: 1st Reading: Col2,6-15; Resp. Psalm: Ps145,1-2,8-11; Gosp. Accl.: Jn15,16; Gospel: Lk6,12-19
There has probably never been a time in the history of man that truth is painted as falsehood, falsehood is presented as truth, right is presented as wrong, make believe is given off as reality as we have it today. With the development of modern means of communication and especially the phenomenal explosion of information on the internet and social media, the opportunity to learn has never been this rich. Conversely and unfortunately on the flip side of the coin, the rise of modern media has also given free rein to those who engage in mass manipulation, spread of falsehood, half truths, merchants of death and peddlers of hatred.
This is why the search for the truth is as fundamental today as it has always been. The soul longs for truth, goodness, beauty, godliness, perfection, good life, justice, betterment of the human person. The soul is never at peace because the absence of these fundamentals of existence leaves a void deep within each of us. This is where today's readings provide us with precious answers.
Our First Reading makes it clear that the truth can only be found in Christ Jesus. It can be found in Him when one receives Him into his soul. Having received Christ, one must live in Him, be rooted in Him, be built up in Him and be established in the faith. The word of God strongly warns us to beware so that we would not be deceived by human philosophy or human pretense to be wise.
The truth is Christ Jesus Himself, in whom the fullness of deity dwells bodily. He is the One who gives those who come to Him the fullness of life. It is in Him that the believer is buried in baptism. It is in Him that the believer puts off the workings and cravings of flesh in order to be alive to do the works of the Spirit.
It is in Him that every true believer who were dead in their sins were made alive, having been forgiven their sins when He nailed them to the cross. It is in Him that the believer becomes victorious because He disarmed the principalities and elemental powers of this world when He gave Himself up to death, death on a cross.
Christ is therefore the truth that every heart longs for. This truth was what He wanted His disciples to come to know when He called them to His company. This truth was what the great crowd of His disciples and the great multitude of people who sought Him wanted to experience and come to know. This truth was what they knew He represented when they brought their sick to Him for healing. This truth was what they sought for when they touched Him, because they knew power would come out of Him to heal them.
This truth is what we seek in our lives for them to be meaningful. This truth is Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, the desire of every longing heart. When we come to Him, His presence in our lives dispels the darkness of error and unbelief. When we come to Him, we arrive at the harbour of perfection and real life. He invites us once more this morning. Are we going to heed His call? Let us turn our lives over to Him.
Let us pray: God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Open our hearts to Him. Give us the wisdom to know that He is the Truth, the desire of our longing hearts, the peaceful harbour for our troubled souls. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always