“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”

John 16:13

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Acts 17:15-18:1; Psalm 148; John 16:12-15

In our current time of corruption, greed, personal gain and fake news, it is hard to know what truth is. We have lost the meaning of truth. We have grown accustomed to telling things the way it suits us and not necessarily as it is. And the funny thing about it is that we expect the truth from others. We preach the gospel, but do we practice it?

Even in our own homes, we want our children to grow up to be truthful and honest people. We want them to have values of openness and honesty in their lives. But we fail to model it ourselves.

We are, at times, unable to tell the truth because we want to protect our selfish interests. At other times it is out of fear that we choose to shy away from the truth.

“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus (John 18:38). A question we still grapple with today.  

In this world of uncertainty, we find ourselves at odds because we expect transparency, accountability and the truth from our leaders. Paul, in the Acts of the Apostles, challenged the people of Athens to repent. He spoke the truth of his observations.

Today we have gone as far as to personalise truth and call it “my truth”. The challenge I have now is to ask myself, is my truth in line with God’s truth? Or have I gone astray? Jesus gives us an assurance that the Spirit will lead us to the truth, and whatever the Spirit tells us is a complete truth for it is from Jesus himself.


today I pray that I may come to know and believe you are the truth and that the truth will always prevail in my life. May I learn to be truthful to myself and to others.


Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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