Jesus’ first and last words in John’s Gospel are questions.
- “What do you want?” he asks two disciples who are following him right after his baptism.
- “Do you love me?” he asks Peter three times after his resurrection.
I heard it just the other day listening to a podcast. The pastor said, “We have to do both love and truth. We can’t just be loving… we also have to be truthful.”
My proposal is simple: let’s stop saying this entirely. Let’s stop trying to balance love and truth. It’s problematic on several levels.
We are invited daily into opportunities to trust God’s leading. Sometimes those opportunities are big, like choosing a college or leaving behind a job and other times they seem small, like helping someone to the car with their groceries and offering to pray for them before they drive away (which isn’t small by the way).