March 20, 2013
Fifth Wednesday of Lent
From the Word of the Day
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the
truth, and the truth will set you free”.
(John 8: 31)
How should we live this Word?
What is truth? This is Pilate’s question and that of thousands of others throughout history. What
experience do we have of truth? Does truth exist? We have a clear direction in Jesus that can
satisfy this deep and ancient desire of the heart. Remaining in His Word allows us to be His
disciples and to be His disciples means to recognize Jesus Himself as the Way, the Truth, and the
Life. This then places us in the condition to access the truth, experience it, walk within it to the
point of being able to recognize it and find it in the warp and woof of our daily life.
Thus, the truth for a disciple is to return within ourselves, recognizing that we are made in God’s
image and seeking that same image impressed on the faces of others. It is dialogue with others,
sharing bits of truth and rebuilding it around the Word of God. A diffuse experience of sharing
ideas, words, actions, fatigue, and sufferings will lead us to the truth and will thus become a
common good conquered together. This guarantees our freedom. The truth strengthens our life,
giving it existence and meaning.
Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will cling to Jesus who is the Truth personified and
ask Him to immerse me in His life that I may bring Him to others along my way.
Lord, today in every relationship, in every dialogue, help me to seek the spark of truth that may
make me freer, more alive, closer to You and to others!
The Voice of Massimo Gramellini, Author
We prefer to ignore it, the truth, so as not to suffer…so as not to heal. Otherwise, we will become
that which we fear being…completely alive.
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