Once, Jesus said to one of his Apostles,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me” (John 14:6).
Then when he stood with Pilate to be judged, this exchange took place:
“So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. 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” (John 18:37).
Pilate said to him,
“What is truth?” (John 18:38)
So what did Jesus mean by what he said to Pilate? He could have said many other things. Instead, he tries to redirect Pilate’s limited perception of Jesus as a self-proclaimed king, to see Jesus himself as THE Truth. Had Pilate just grasped or thought about this, even in the smallest way, he would have placed himself on Jesus’ Way.
What Does This Have To Do With Our Lives, Today?
If we can do what Pilate failed to do—recognize that Jesus IS Truth—this should result in a paradigm shift in our entire way of thinking, of seeing those around us, of looking at creation, and so on. Why? Well, because Truth is unchanging, fixed, non-negotiable. Like God, Truth is, was and always will be the same, like the Church, which is the Body of Christ, who is its Head. If Jesus’ body is the Church, then the Church is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Looking through the lens of truth, we will then start to see people and events in our world in its stark light. We will see that if we are to remain in the light, we must proclaim the truth with courage when we are in a position to do so. If you don’t proclaim the truth, you are not proclaiming Jesus. If you don’t proclaim the truth, you are not being a light to others.
Proclaiming The Truth
We must proclaim the truth when it is not convenient, nor expedient, nor safe, to do so. We must proclaim truth when doing so may cost us in one of many ways. Proclaiming truth IS evangelization. The Gospel is truth and in order to spread the Gospel, we must speak it to others. We must live the truth.
Those that say that up is down, and down is up; that dark is light and light is dark; that you can clone humans; that a person can choose to end his or her own life; that say that a man can be a woman and a woman can choose to be a man; that marriage can be changed; that the embryo is not human and can be expelled from the womb at the whim of its mother—those who are saying these things are not speaking the truth. It then falls to us to speak the truth to all times and places to those who think the truth is changeable and subject to the whims and desires of those in power.
Pilate represented power. Therefore, he had his own truth, which resulted in having his own agenda. That is why he asked the question he did. The truth was a flexible, malleable concept. That is why he could not comprehend what Jesus was trying to tell him. He did not recognize the truth, which was standing right in front of him.
We have many chances throughout our day to speak the truth to others, especially through the use of emails and social media. You can direct those in need to Jesus, to the Blessed Mother, to Scripture, to the Catechism, and a helpful website, or just listen. Brokenness is all around us. A person who is familiar with the truth will recognize need when they see it. Our Lord gives us many opportunities throughout our days to help guide those that are on the Way or those that are searching for the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Those who are familiar with the truth will show love and be kind and gentle to those who are searching for the truth.
If you are searching for the truth, you have to look no further than Jesus Christ. If you already have a relationship with Jesus, then be Christ to others, and in doing so, you will be spreading his message of love, and helping others find the Way and the Life.
If you would like to know more about Jesus-contact Pilgrim Center of Hope at 210-521-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victor Negrón is a husband, father, grandfather, practicing lawyer, former judge, past-President of the San Antonio Catholic Lawyers Guild, lay evangelist, Board Member of Pilgrim Center of Hope and A Woman’s Haven. Judge Negrón became Board Certified in Family Law in 1987. As a lay evangelist, Victor has served as a leader for Eucharistic Adoration of San Antonio, Inc., and has been involved with Pilgrim Center of Hope’s evangelizing activities since its early years – formerly as emcee for the Catholic Men’s Conference, and currently as a member of the PCH Board of Directors.
Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.