In one way human beings are simple, body and soul united in a single person. In another way we are complicated, with many levels of thinking, motive and action. Dishonesty with self and with God inserts itself between these levels. Spiritual growth is a matter of becoming more truly simple. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5).
Jesus is not in the least surprised that his disciples sometimes show traces of dishonesty. Indeed, he expects that. He called us to himself to remedy this problem. We walk along with him as did his first disciples learning how to become more honest with ourselves and with God. The instruction is a daily affair. It begins each morning when we awaken and concludes for the day only when we lie down at night. At day’s end, we can review the lessons of the day, ask pardon for failures and thank God for whatever progress we have made.
This day, Lord, call me to walk with you with willingness to learn how to live my life in a way that is honest with you, my neighbor and myself. Lead me forward one more short distance on my journey into your eternal truth.