Where do we find truth? Do we know it when we hear it?
In this age of moral relativism and political correctness, it is important to know what we believe and why. Luckily - or perhaps providentially - some truths are eternal and immutable. Chief among them is God's love for his creation. As we sort through the information overload that threatens to overwhelm us, that love can be our barometer for evaluating many kinds of truth, such as matters of justice or compassion. Truth will move people toward freedom and inclusion, not away from it.
Sometimes truth is not something that can be expressed directly. We may need poets and composers and other artists to point us to it. Rationalism and materialism are not the only paths to truth. What is right and good may not make empirical sense. Sacrificing ourselves for others is quite counter-intuitive, yet the person who spoke the most important truths to us believed in it with all his being. The truth of the cross and resurrection exist somewhere beyond facts and historical accuracy, somewhere within our hearts. Truth is never manufactured, but unearthed by those with ears to hear and eyes to see. It makes us free when it is free.
Evening readings: Psalms 126; 102