“It is better for you to suffer for the truth than for the truth to suffer because of you.” –St Josemaria Escriva
Most of the time we are all very eager to hear the Good News but when we realize the challenge it represents, we are very quick in covering our ears. Worse, we are prepared to dismiss the truth altogether and then condemn the prophet who spoke it.
Today’s readings expose the solitary path that one must take if he wants to follow the truth. On the First Reading, Jeremiah was afraid to be a prophet of the Lord since the truth that he needs to proclaim is a message of doom. As his story progressed, we would see how he became unpopular and hated, ostracized and persecuted because of the Word he proclaimed. Yet we would also see how the Lord stood by him and supported him, how his words prevailed and were justified and how his words became lessons to be learned throughout all generations. Meanwhile, in the Gospel, we saw how Jesus was condemned by his own townspeople because he proclaimed that God is not just for the Jews but all nations and that He shows no partiality in giving His blessings. The people even attempted to kill Jesus. So much, for just telling what is true.
Oftentimes, truth hurts. Yet the truth will always set us free. Unless we accept the challenge that it gives, we will never experience the liberating power it provides. Without truth, growth is never possible. Nothing real comes forth from deception. Lies corrupt even the noblest intentions. Thus, truth must be proclaimed even though it is unpopular and unwanted. Because without truth, there is nothing. Any persecution or condemnation will just serve to purify the truth and forge it. Whatever happens, truth will prevail and God will justify it. Truth conquers all.
All truths can only come from God so we must learn to accept it in whatever form it comes or however it was proclaimed. We must fight for a world that cultivates truth, a world with an open mind and an open heart. Truth is never discriminatory and exclusive, it embraces all because nothing can corrupt it. Thus, we must never condemn or persecute anyone convinced that he proclaims the truth because whoever proclaims it, a lie will perish yet truth will remain.
If you believe something to be true, proclaim it and stand by it. Everyone may leave you, condemn you and persecute you, but God will be with you and that is enough. In the end, truth conquers all.
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19
2nd Reading: 1 Cor 12:31-13:13
Gospel: Lk 4:21-30