Speaking the Truth from the Heart

great meadows national wildlife refuge
A panoramic photo from the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, Massachusetts

Today’s first reading (1st Corinthians 2:1-5) makes me feel better about my shortcomings as a preacher. If nothing else, being with Saint Paul is good company. Often when we try to talk about things of faith and religion our eloquence fails because it is hard for us to give voice to that which is so close to our hearts. I think this is what Psalm 42:7 tries to convey by saying, “deep calls to deep.” In the Gospel (Luke 4:16-30), Our Lord provides the model about how we are to share the truth we know in our hearts: simply and directly. After reading a passage from the prophet Isaiah Jesus states, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Christ’s example reminds us that not everyone will accept the truth we speak and some will even try to harm us for speaking it. In the end, we must remember that the truth is bigger and more important than our shortcomings and failings. May we never be afraid to speak the truth!

What do you think about today’s readings?

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