Saturday 2nd August – Saturday of week 17 of the year
Reflection: Matthew 14: 1-12
STANDING FOR THE TRUTH
In the world of relativism we find ourselves today, there has never been a time more appropriate to speak the truth and stand by it. Today’s reading makes us realize that right from the earliest centuries, there has been a need for God’s children to speak the truth, no matter the cost.
King Herod had imprisoned John and Herodias made sure he was killed simply because he spoke the truth to them, openly challenging their immorality. As Christians, we must not allow ourselves to be conformed to the standards of this world because they often in direct opposition to godly standards. (Romans 12:2). Our world is plagued by the highest levels of immorality ever known- where “Christians” condone and “marry” homosexual couples, where a mother purposely kills her unborn child as a matter of “human rights”. We live in a country where despite the high population of “religious” people, corruption has become the order of the day and the mind of the youth is already configured to think that leading the country is nothing but an avenue to enrich oneself on public funds.
Dear friends, today the word of God challenges us to stand for truth. That is what we are called to as Christians. Every moment we live in falsehood or promote falsehood, we bring dishonor to the name of our God. Truth always supersedes falsehood. Herod was still being haunted by the murder of John the Baptist he had committed and hence believed that Christ was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead. Let us commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth and ask for God’s help in this pursuit.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please give me the courage to stand for truth no matter what it costs. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 453 – What does our relationship to the truth have to do with God?
Living in respect for the truth means not only being true to oneself. More precisely it means being truthful, being true to God, for he is the source of all truth. We find the truth about God and about all of reality quite directly in Jesus, who is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
HIDE A TREASURE: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” John 8: 31-32 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: Jeremiah 26: 11-16, 24; Psalm 69: 15-16, 30 – 34; Matthew 14: 1-12