During the last two retreats in which I have participated a strong emphasis was put on recognizing and telling the truth. It may sound strange to talk about recognizing the truth but these days there is so much information swirling around us and so much pressure to influence and impress others that sometimes the truth becomes a relative thing. The first task becomes clearing away all the accretions in order to tell the truth to ourselves. This takes time and willingness on our part, a willingness to listen deeply not only to what is in our mind but also to the messages from our heart and our body. It’s much easier to tell people what they want to hear “to keep the peace” or not hurt anyone’s feelings. But that kind of speaking can become second-nature such that we eventually ignore that tightening in our gut or the tiny voice of our uneasiness and so convince ourselves that we are telling the truth when we are not.
These thoughts were brought back to me as I read the verse before this morning’s gospel passage. It is a blessing from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians which says: May [God] enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to his call. Disciples must strive always to be awake to the call of God, a call that moves constantly toward integrity and the highest good of all. It is all about breathing into truth at the deepest levels of our being and having the courage to speak that truth regardless of the risks involved. Today may our eyes be open and our hearts be ready to recognize the truth of our calling in all that we encounter.