Today's Gospel: John 17:11B-19
What is truth? In our secular culture today truth is whatever each person feels it to be. If we live that way we will always be floundering like a boat tossed about on the sea with no rudder and no anchor. No truth. No hope.
When we believe that Jesus Himself is the Truth our wayward lives begin to have direction and the core of our beings are grounded in the assurance that we are not the end-all and be-all of truth. That’s too much weight to bear. Carrying all truth in oneself alone becomes overwhelming and impossible. No wonder anxiety and depression are so rampant. Only when we realize that we are not the center of all truth or the reason the world still turns do we see the need to put our trust and hope in someone who is beyond us, and who loves us infinitely more than we can imagine.
Jesus is that rudder of our little boat, and he is the anchor. He guides our lives whether we are aware of it or not. If we let go of our tight grip on the rudder, our own truth, we find inner freedom and greater peace. We do not let go into nothingness, but into the One who knows us more intimately than we know ourselves.
How can we not trust Him? How can we not believe that He is the Truth of our lives? Jesus is offering us the key to a happy and fulfilled life by following Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. When we “kick against the goad” (Acts 26:14) we find only frustration, fear, pain, and suffering. When we follow Jesus in surrender and faith, our fears subside and life becomes blessed and hope-filled.
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Do I strive to know my Catholic faith and all that the Church teaches? Do I look to Jesus as the Truth that guides my understanding of life and the world around me?
Master, you are the Truth to be believed, the Way I must follow, and the Life that gives me joy. Grant me the grace to always believe in You as the rudder of my life and your way of love as the anchor that gives me hope.
Copyright 2020 Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP
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About the Author
Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is a Daughter of St Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Media Literacy Education Specialist, theologian, international speaker, film reviewer, and blogger for BeMediaMindful.org. Her book A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics is a theology of popular culture published by Wipf & Stock Publishing.