In my reflections upon what is most important for the Christian life I constantly come back to the fact that we need to be committed to discovering and then living the truth. Why do I keep coming back to this sort of reflection? Perhaps it is because there seems to be a lack of commitment to anything resembling the truth in the world today. By far the greatest commitment we see evident in peoples lives is to expediency – the sort of pragmatism that leads us to live by the principle: if it works do it; or if you can get away with it then it is okay!

Neither of these sentiments can sit well with us if we are Christian! Our first commitment must be to discovering the truth of the matter, even if it is difficult to do this, then setting ourselves to live by the truth and not just what happens to be the easiest thing to do! Sometimes it will mean forsaking the expedient or most effective way to achieve a particular end, as it would involve doing something wrong or evil in an intermediate stage. For example, dropping the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a very effective way to hasten the end of World War II but it was an immoral act as thousands of innocent people died! Experimenting on human embryos not wanted by their progenitors may be an effective way to gain knowledge about human biology and to seek to cure diseases, but it is totally immoral as it means killing the embryo, a human person, and this is simply murder!

The truth of who we are as beings created in the image and likeness of God is something that we cannot alter. It is a fixed part of our being. It is accessible through human reason aided by revelation. It is up to us to make the effort to discover and understand the demands that truth makes upon our lives and then live them. If we fail to do this we will discover that sin will slowly increase its influence over us to the point that it will get more and more difficult to identify and discover the truth. The more we live the truth, the easier it will be to find and live; the more we ignore it, the more difficult it will be for us to realign our lives to it when we finally discover that we have been living according to the deception of so many lies.

How am I seeking the truth for my life, both in terms of who I am as a person and God’s will for my life? Am I willing to live it when I discover it?

Holy Spirit, open my mind and heart more fully to the truth of God about my life and being and help me to welcome it and live it on a daily basis.