THE WORD IN OUR “POST-TRUTH” WORLD
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (Jn 1: 1-5)
In our “post-truth” time, when certain systems that are built on the spoken “word” seem to be breaking down, – like journalism, politics, and lasting marriages, – Christianity still proclaims the eternal centrality and power of the Word. Why? Because in Christianity, the power and validity of the Word rests not in any idea or ideology, but in communion with a Person. And that Person is Truth incarnate, our light-bringing and life-creating Lord Jesus Christ, “spoken” by the Father “in the beginning.”
In His grace, I need not hesitate to speak a truthful word, nor mistrust its power, regardless of my own weaknesses and shortcomings. I need to speak, by the gift with which He endowed me ever since “all things were made,” and not be silenced by the typing of incessant thumbs. I can, and I must, in Christ, speak a truthful word, because silence is so often damaging to my relationships, both with God and my loved ones. Christ says to me, as He said to the deaf-mute, “Ephphatha! (which means ‘Be opened!’)” (Mk 7: 34), because in Him, our word is “the light that shines in the darkness” of our oft-damaging silences. Even if I am defied, corrected, or rejected in my word, in Him I take responsibility for it, in the light of His cross-carrying humility.
So let me speak today, to God and others I love, because His word overcomes the darkness of our self-isolated silences. Glory be to Him.