We all know the old adage about there being two sides to every story. Well, recently I read that there are in fact three: your side, my side, and the truth. The truth is what we as Christians are about. It is what we try to follow and to show to the world around us.
The truth was also what our blessed Lord was about. In today’s Gospel, we hear him asked, “Are you the king of the Jews” The response ultimately to this line of questioning from Pilate was “Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into this world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.”
All who are on the side of truth listen to my voice. Are we on the side of truth? If we are on the side of Jesus who conquered death, then yes we are. But if we are, we need to bear in mind what that triumph cost.
That triumph that saw truth conquer falsehood, and good conquer evil saw the Son of God tortured, humiliated, whipped, and ultimately killed upon the tree of the Cross. This is the moment in history that we, as Catholics, have before us as we celebrate the Eucharist every single day.
On the Altar today, as at every Mass, we have the body of Our Lord Jesus Christ, broken there for us as on the tree on the hill of Calvary. and we have the Blood of Our Lord poured out for us mixed with water as it flowed from his broken body that aweful day outside Jerusalem.
But our Altar is not just a reminder of the Cross. No, it is also a reminder of our Lord’s Resurrection. Not just is our Lord’s Body present in a state of mystic death, but also there gloriously resuscitated. Our Altar is the throne of the Risen God. We approach it without fear, for the divine Conqueror of death, so resplendent in His glory, is more loving and affable than ever.1
The truth, for which Jesus ultimately was killed, and for which His followers yet today suffer is that He is the King of Kings, He is our Lord. He is present here today, and He is our Lord and our God. He is the author of all truth, and if we follow him, we will know His peace, His love, and His comfort.
How many of us come and spend time in adoration before the throne of God? How many of us take time to come to Benediction when it takes place? Do we, as priests, allow the faithful to participate in this often enough? Our Lord is present in all the tabernacles of churches up and down the land, but in how many of them is he left alone, apparently unloved?
As we start towards the new liturgical year next week, might I suggest that we take the opportunity to prepare to make a new year’s resolution. That we will at least spend some time, maybe 15 minutes, maybe an hour in adoration before our Lord. It doesn’t have to be each day, it could be simply one visit in the week. If we believe Him to be the Truth, if we believe Him to be the King of kings, ought we not to be approaching Him personally and seeking His assistance? Or are we not able to watch with Him one hour?
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
1 cf. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr Michael Müller, C.Ss.R.