Educating for the Lived Gospel #161

Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:37-38)

As in many other places in John’s Gospel, there is misunderstanding in this passage. Jesus speaks on one level and those to whom he speaks take his words in a completely different direction. But truth is not something to be taken lightly. If we want the truth, we need to listen to the Word, Jesus. Rather than listen to Jesus, Pilate asks a philosophical or rhetorical question. Truth is staring him in the face.

As we approach Easter, may we open our hearts and minds to God’s word, God’s influence in our lives. May we not be blind to the truth around us and in our lives. In so doing may we be better able to touch the hearts of the young in our care and guide them to be attentive to God’s voice in their lives. God’s voice which calls each of us to truth, wholeness and fullness of life at Easter so that we can live that way every day of our lives.

Have a great week…and holiday!
Patrick