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truthYesterday I did a presentation entitled The Wisdom Jesus, based on the book of the same name by Cynthia Bourgeault. When I began by asking participants words that describe relationship with Jesus for them many used love; others said brother, friend, companion…and one said truth. I was reminded of that by this morning’s passage from John’s gospel wherein Jesus describes himself as the way, the truth and the life. (JN 14:1-4) It seems to me, at least for today, that there is a progression in those terms. If I choose to follow the path that Jesus walked, a necessary starting point is willingness to be truthful about that. I need to be unafraid to look deeply into what that means – by doing the work that the “way” calls me to do, i.e. paying attention to the words of Jesus in Scripture and in my heart. As I make a commitment to that, I will also be committing to be truthful when convenient and inconvenient, as St. Paul says. That’s not so easy either. There are lots of ways to get out of sticky situations by skewing the truth or not saying what needs to be said in situations – in addition, of course, to out-and-out lying that is much more blatant but also pervasive in our culture. Radical honesty as a practice must lead to fuller, happier life because whether or not anyone else knows about how truthful we are, such honesty will allow us to smile when we look in the mirror, knowing we have nothing to regret. So today will be one of those inventory times of checking on my willingness and record at following the way of Jesus through truth to life.