The church was tiny, with maybe 75 parishioners in attendance, most of them retired. Timothy was the youngest one there, and Joe and I might have been, too.
But the priest from that tiny church packed quite a punch with his homily on truth and love. Before his homily I thought of truth and love as two separate concepts, but now I see how important it is to live them as one -- truthandlove. While he spoke within the context of our faith, I think his words hold meaning to all areas of our life, whether we're in school, work, home, the sports arena, or even the political one.
Anyway, here are some quotes from his homily...
"Christ calls us to live in truth and love. Not truth or love. Not truth over here and love over there. But truth and love. Together. Like the vine and the branches."
"Those who live truth to the extreme point fingers at others and accuse them of being wrong or tell them they're going to hell. This isn't love."
"Those who live love to the extreme keep the truth buried. They embrace the idea -- popular in today's society -- that love means getting along and doing or saying anything to keep everyone happy. They become afraid to speak the truth for fear of offending anyone. This isn't truth."
"Although it will cause a reaction, both good and bad, practice truth and love as one -- love the truth, but live it with love."