“For this I was born and for this I came into the world,to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” Taken from St. John’s Gospel in today’s liturgy this passage gripped me. “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pontius Pilate’s question, “What is truth”, is the question of all mankind. Pilate speaks for us. Are we listening to the voice of Jesus or are we listening to some other voice? What is the voice of Jesus? Where do we hear it? What does it mean? I am reminded of an earlier post and the powerful video presentation by Ava Lowery, Peace takes Courage. The voice of Jesus is the voice of peace. It is the voice of love and compassion. It is the voice of transformation. “He who loves his life will lose it and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”
“All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength, and love their neighbors as themselves and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.
Oh, how happy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things and persevere in doing them, because the spirit of the Lord will rest upon them and he will make his home and dwelling among them, and they are the sons of the heavenly Father, whose works they do, and they are the spouses, brothers, and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ.”–Exhortation of St. Francis to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance. Peace.