Listen to Truth
Would you take up a stone against someone who is only trying to tell you an honest truth? Maybe it's one of those situations where you need someone to point out life to you and help you to see that you need to shape up, giving you a truth to follow through and make changes with. Sometimes we need to hear the truth, despite the brutality that may be inlaced within it. The fact that we 'don't have time to go to mass because of busy days or scheduled hockey' for example. Not a good excuse for missing the weekly Sacrament of the Eucharist in mass. It takes a strong-willed, strong-minded person to give this hard truth and break through to us, but it's also a very important part about our spiritual growth as people of faith. We need support and to have those people around us that tell us the hard truth, especially when it comes to faith. God gives us the way, the truth and the life through Jesus, and we need to listen for His will, considering most often it is God speaking truth to us through those around us. Are you prepared to hear and give the truth?
Today's Gospel states:'The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?" The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods'? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken), do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, `You are blaspheming,' because I said, `I am the Son of God'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there he remained. And many came to him; and they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." And many believed in him there' (John 10:31-42).
Today's reading talks about how Jesus talks to the people who are rebuking him, asking why they would take up stones against he who speaks the truth. Maybe they just weren't ready to see where they went wrong, to see their faults. Maybe they were too stubborn to make a change and decided to revolt and reject his teachings. Honestly, it's scary to admit where we've been living life the wrong way, to hear that truth and take it to heart. I bet most of us would try to deflect Jesus' words during that time, because we're human and hate to be told we're wrong. God calls us to see and hear the truth in our lives, and Jesus gives us this truth, shows us how to be good people, devoted disciples. Takes some time to pray and ask God to help you give and hear the truth, no matter how hard it may be to do.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to see You in the centre of my life. Help me to seek Your truth, and to listen to those around me when they give me the hard truths, showing me how to get back on track.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.