“You can’t handle the truth!” This famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men” touches upon what I think is the deepest question in the human heart, “What is truth?” Yet sometimes, a question is not a question; sometimes, it is a statement in disguise. A genuine question is an inquiry, a quest for information… a quest for truth. It requires openness on the part of the one asking. Sometimes we do not seek answers because we are afraid to ask. Pilate did not wait for Jesus to answer; he trusted in the limited knowledge he had.
What is truth?... Perhaps the question should be, Who is Truth?
How often do we believe the lie that we can’t handle the truth. How often do we give into the fear that what will be required of us is more than what we have. My dear brothers and sisters, we CAN handle the truth because we were made for Truth.
Our relationship with the truth is ultimately a direct reflection of our relationship with God. This is why Satan, in the Garden, went straight for the jugular.
How often do we listen to the snake instead of listening to God?
In the Feast of the Annunciation, we find the antidote to that.
Mary asked a question and waited for a response. Mary listened to the messenger of God, and she believed.
Let us then learn to ask… then wait for a response. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to guide us.