Monday: 22nd July, 2019
Reference text: John 20:1-2,11-18
John 2:20 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she said, “and we do not know where they have put Him!”
In high school, before every disciplinary committee, students wrote statements to tell their versions of the truth. Hence, one teacher always said ‘when two people tell the events of the same story, there are three truths- the actual truth and one version told by each of them.
On my reading list at the moment is a book titled ‘when everything changes, change everything’. It is a rather good read with the writer adopting broad perspectives to deal with the inevitable changes that we face all the time. In this, he introduces three versions of the truth: ‘The Actual truth, the Apparent truth and the Imagined truth’.
As I read the Gospel of today, I was fascinated by Mary Magdalene’s ‘imagined truth’ because on three different occasions: the meeting with the Apostles, her encounter with the Angels and even with Jesus, she maintained her version of the truth with the words ‘they have taken away my Lord’. She did not budge even for one moment to consider a different possibility.
Like Job, her truth was not the Actual truth, it was what had become apparent owing to the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ death and part of her imagination’. Beloved, the version of the truth we see and know can alter our approach to the situations around us. Often our imagined truths are the ‘scary versions’- proceeding from the vastness of our imaginations and with unlimited potential to plant deep seated fear.
So I ask you, what have you imagined about the current situation you find yourself in?
What foregone conclusions have you drawn even before knowing the actual truth?
What is your imagined truth and is that the truth you ought to be holding on to?