Monday, October 3, 2016

Set apart for the truth

THE faithful follower of Jesus cannot but walk in the way of the Master and live out His words of life.  Anyone searching for  the truth in life must end up with the Truth in Person: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father but through me” (Jn. 14:6). Jesus is the Truth and following Him means evading the darkness of falsehood and coming out to the light of the Son of God.  
St. Paul narrated to the Galatians his “former way of life in Judaism…in persecuting the church of God and tried to destroy it…Bbut the time came when he who had set me apart before I was born and called me by his favor chose to reveal his Son to me, that I might spread among the Gentiles the good things concerning him…and the communities of Christ in Judea gave glory to God on my accord” (Gal. 1:13, 15-16, 24).
Before his conversion, Paul was working with “excess of zeal” to do what he wrongly thought was the Lord’s will.  Looking back at the grace he had received, he rejoiced that the Lord had shown him such great favor and dedicated the rest of his life to preaching the faith that he tried so hard to destroy.
European history tells how a daring playwright Vaclav Havel and his fellow writers decided boldly  to tell the truth despite the threats of arrest and political persecution.  Even behind bars, they stood by the truth in exposing the lies of the Czech society, until gradually more and more ’awakened’ people were enlightened to join them till the lure of lies lost its savor among the generations.  This and other events in current and apostolic times simply challenge us to uncover the real undisguised Truth through humble prayer, attentive discernment and vigilant collaboration. 

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