Monday, March 27, 2017

from jack nicholson to pontius pilate

St Philoxenus tells us today about the truth in A Year with the Church Fathers.

He tells us that the truth was so sweet to the martyrs that nothing could separate them from it. That they clung to the truth even though it cost them their lives.

And one way you can interpret this is that the truth of God is so pure and sweet (like the OT writers call "the law" sweet and pure) that it drives lies from our lives.

But there's a deeper truth than that. There is the Truth. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus "What is truth?", Jesus didn't reply with words. Part of the reason is that Pilate was asking rhetorically. But there's a better, deeper reason. Jesus didn't answer with words because He was answering the question with His being. When Pilate asked "What is truth?", Jesus stood before him as the answer. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

And that is the deeper truth that Philoxenus is pointing us to. Sure, truth as opposed to lies is important. But Truth in the form of Jesus Himself is a Truth that we can all cling to, serve, and love with our lives... even if it costs us those lives.

God, thank You for being Truth itself, and giving us that Truth to love.