From today's Gospel (John 17:11b-19): "Consecrate them in the truth."
Jesus is speaking to the Father about his followers. I've been thinking about that phrase this morning, and I don't really know what it means to be consecrated in the truth. Yet, "truth" has been on my mind a lot lately--finding my truth, my true self, and really speaking my truth.
The last year or so, at least since entering the Society of the Sacred Heart, has been a time for me to discover who I am and what I value. I don't think my values have really changed, though my eyes have been opened to new things in new ways--things like human trafficking and the concerns about the environment. At the same time, I've been trying to really speak up for what I think, feel, believe. That's not so easy for me, but the encouragement and respect of my sisters has helped me with that.
And I still have questions about truth, too. There are some truths that are better kept in my heart than spoken out loud, sometimes because those things are private, and at other times because they would be hurtful to someone else. How do you balance being truthful and caring for the feelings of the ones you love? It seems to me like that's sometimes a very fine line.
The Gospel reading continues:
Your word is truth.As you sent me into the world,so I sent them into the world.And I consecrate myself for them,so that they also may be consecrated in truth.
So, being consecrated in truth means being consecrated in the word of God, which means being set aside for God's special purpose, in and for Jesus. Isn't that a powerful way to think about living as a Christian?