TUESDAY, REPUBLIC DAY (INDIA)
1 Tim 2: 1-8;
Ps 91: 1-6, 10-11;
TRUTH ALONE TRIUMPHS!
We have often heard the expression “Truth is bitter.” Yes, like a strong medicine, it may sometimes be bitter, in the sense that it is not easy to face always. Truth is like a surgery; it hurts but cures. A lie is like a pain-killer; it gives instant relief but has long-lasting and often dangerous side effects. But in another sense, truth is bitter to untruth, just as light is bitter to darkness, good is bitter to evil, God is bitter to the Devil. These cannot co-exist.
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the nation, used the ideals of truth and non-violence as his tools when he led India’s freedom struggle against British colonial rule. He writes: “My prayerful search gave me the revealing maxim: Truth is God, instead of the usual one: God is Truth. That maxim enables me to see God face to face as it were. I feel him pervade every fibre of my being.” For this reason, he concludes that “Sat or Truth is perhaps the most important name of God.” When India became a republic on January 26, 1950, it adopted the national motto taken from the Hindu scripture Mundaka Upanishad: “Satyameva Jayate” (Truth alone triumphs). It is inscribed not only on the national emblem but on one side of all Indian currency and national documents.
John records in his gospel this promise of Jesus: “The truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:32). In order to know the truth, Jesus stresses the importance of keeping his word. If we truly desire freedom, we need to be ready to accept the truth. Jesus’ hearers were puzzled about becoming free, since they never realized they were slaves. His answer to them applies to us all: “Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (Jn 8:34). Jesus, the son of God, is the truth in person (cf Jn 14:6). He will make us free in such a way that we will never fear the persecution that follows the truth.
Note: Memorial of Ss Timothy and Titus moved to January 27
Responsorial Psalm: My refuge, my stronghold, my God in you I trust
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