First Reading: Acts 5:34-42; Psalm: 27. R. v. 4ac; Gospel: Jn 6:1-15
FACING THE TRUTH
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
It is very difficult to suddenly accept as true what we hold to be false especially when such acceptance would dent our ego and reputation. One thing about truth is its potency to disprove suppositions at any given time. Accepting a newly discovered truth that will falsify the common ideologies of a group is often a hard choice to make. In fact, it takes so much courage for an individual in a group to openly take a stance that opposes the belief system of that group. This was what Gamaliel did.
It was obviously becoming a lost battle fighting the ministry that Jesus started. Although Jesus was dead but his teachings were spreading so fast. The apostles had been warned severally to stop preaching his message but they persisted and were converting thousands into the new fold. By now the Pharisees were beginning to feel that perhaps they were wrong all this while about their position on this new faith but no one had the courage to openly acknowledge this. Finally, one of them called Gamaliel summoned courage and spoke their minds. “We might be opposing God” he said. “So let these men alone.” For the fact that the rest of them agreed to his advice meant they also had some doubts about their actions but only that they had no courage to speak up.
Truth is similar to light; it cannot be hidden. Accepting that we were wrong even when it will bring to a collapse all that we have built for years may hurt but it saves us from living in falsehood. When truth is obvious, battling it will only be a frustrating and futile exercise. Our openness to accepting truth is a mark of humility and maturity. There are two obvious lessons in the reaction of Gamaliel. 1. Don’t bottle up some obvious truths even if it will bring you shame. 2. Don’t judge people by your own standard but leave judgment to God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, may the light of your truth shine out in our daily lives. Amen.