4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – “They will speak no lies”
The prophet Zephaniah in our first reading, speaking on behalf of God, says: “But I will leave as a remnant a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD: and this remnant shall speak no lies”
As I have said many times, the Catholic Church sees one of its main functions to be an advisor to the different governments around the world.
And our American society rests on the idea that there is “truth” that does not change based on the culture or circumstances. Every person who testifies in court promises to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
In order for America to flourish, we need to return to believing in a Truth that does not change based on the culture, and a Truth that does not change based on circumstances.
At a sidebar to the trial of Jesus, Jesus claims to be the truth, and Pontius Pilate asks in a scoffing way “what is truth?” And there really is no middle ground, either there is Truth that transcends cultures and circumstances, or there isn’t.
10 years ago, if you told anyone in the United States that not holding to the Truth would lead to kids identifying as cats and dogs in school and needing a litter box in the school hallway, I doubt anyone would have believed it. But here we are.
Again, our first reading promises that there will be a remnant who will not tell lies. Let us all be that remnant who commit to saying only true things, and not speaking anything, nor teaching anything that is a lie.