Truth means two plus two equals four; George Washington was America’s first president; the European Union consists of Germany, Italy, and surrounding nations. We view these and countless other facts as truth, but actually they are merely a few of the multitudinous truths we accept with our mind.
When Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth”, he didn’t know Jesus had already clearly answered his question. Jesus had said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6, and, when praying to his Father, “Your word is truth” John 17:17.
Truth then is more than intellectual assent to certain facts or beliefs. Truth is a way of living. The Christian who patterns her/his life on that of Jesus is leading a life of truth. Truth reaches to the very soul of the person, and reflects in her/his words, values, and behavior. As examples, if I am a lying politician, a money-hungry businessman or
married and having an affair, I am not leading the life of Christ. To that extent, I am a living lie.
Christ is calling each of us, as he did with Pilate, to a life of truth and integrity. When you look at me, do you see the real me, or merely my masks? Do you “get what you see?” Do you, do I have the courage to live a life of truth?