We have all heard and maybe even uttered the expression, “What can he (or she) possibly know?” It seems like a normal enough statement, but at its core, it is very judgmental. When a statement like this is uttered, it is usually looking more at the person’s qualities, their life style, than at the statement that was made. Many times we are viewing how that person measures up in our eyes. What he or she says or does is being pushed back. We are no longer looking at the utterance made, or the action taken. We are looking only at the person and not what he said.

How do we come upon truth? Where can we find it? Does it come from only intelligent persons? From only people that walk and talk and live like us? To be exact, truth comes at us in many forms. Sometimes it resides in words that people say. Sometimes their actions reveal the truth to us. We may not even be looking for it, but it comes at us anyway.

Why all these words on Truth? One powerful statement in the New Testament tells us why. “And the truth shall make you free”-1.  These words were uttered by Jesus to the Jewish people. On hearing this, they immediately were affronted and attested to the fact that they were free men and had never been slaves.  They did not see nor hear what was being said, but rather what they could immediately take exception to. (Dismissing their slavery in Egypt, Babylon and even their being subjects to the Roman Empire.) But Jesus went on and said, “…whoever commits sin, is the slave of sin” -2.  He was trying to help them understand the importance of truth, which is He, Himself.

After the last supper, Jesus’ response to Thomas’ statement that the apostles did not know the way was, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by Me”–3.  Again, Jesus is telling them, and us, that the only way to make sense out of our lives is to constantly seek out the truth…no matter how it comes to us. We, of ourselves, cannot be united with the Father, except through Jesus. His words, not mine. With that all-important thought our mindset should be, no rather, must be to seek out and accept the truth no matter how it comes to us.

Getting back to our original statement: “What can he (or she) possibly know?” We won’t know until we listen to them with our hearts and minds open. Even the ramblings of someone who has seemingly lost all control of their own thoughts may very well say something that might trigger a thought in you. We don’t know where or when truth will find us. Similarly, we don’t know where or when God will speak to us. He can speak to us in a breath of fresh wind, a sound, a hum or a smell. Each of these may trigger a thought, a remembrance, a feeling in you. You can just say that it was a coincidence. Or, your faith, your own convictions may tell you it is something more. All of us are on this earth for one thing, and one thing only. Each of us is called to commune with our Father in heaven, to speak our unique dialogue with our God.

-1 John 8, 32
-2 John 8, 34
-3 John 14, 6