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The Mystery Of You

Pilate said to Him, 'What is truth?'
John 18:33-37

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Sermon Week Christ The King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday) Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 18:38


During election campaigns, in the minds of many the question always arises, "Are the candidates telling the truth as they see it, or are they merely telling the people what they want to hear?" The story is told of a politician who arrived late for a speaking engagement in unfamiliar territory. Because of his tight schedule he had been unable to first "check out the local scene to see which way the wind was blowing" (as he put it). When he arrived, he was led immediately to the platform to be introduced and begin his speech. He seized upon one of the main issues in the campaign and, using all the political rhetoric at his command, spoke at great length on the subject. Finally, he paused to take a drink of water. As he did so, the head of the committee whispered to him that the sponsoring group was on the opposite side of the issue. Undaunted, the candidate resumed speaking. "My friends," he said, "I have spent considerable time spelling out in detail the opposition's position on this issue. I will now tell you the truth."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus and Pontius Pilate are engaged in a dialogue on the subject of truth.

Jesus is on trial for His life, and He knows it. He knows that Pilate has the power of life and death over him. He knows that the outcome might well depend on the answers He gives to Pilate's questions. Yet, Jesus makes no effort to try to justify Himself with a lengthy discourse or fancy rhetoric. He makes no effort to maneuver the dialogue into an artificial framework by saying the things Pilate wants to hear. In relating to Pilate, Jesus makes no effort to be anything other than Himself. Therefore, His attitude is that of Spiritual Teacher and Lord. "For this I was born," Jesus says to Pilate, "and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness of the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears My voice." To which Pilate replies, "What is truth?"

"What is truth? [...]

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