My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
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How exactly does one bring someone back from wandering from the truth? It is beginning to be the not-so-funny riddle of the present time. Since our humanity makes truth subjective to our own filter of what we perceive as true, we try to speak in lofty terms of a truth that exists unadulterated by flesh. If we believe that there is a disembodied truth that exists outside ourselves then we will fight forever for the right to claim such highly prized real estate. When Jesus said, " I am the Truth..." he changed the conversation. When Pilate asked, "What is truth?" - Jesus did not answer. The truth was standing in front of Pilate giving him the freedom to choose to embrace it or not. What if this statement in James was not a charge for the Christians to go round up the sinners for major dividends in the kingdom of God? What if we never know whose lives we may expose to the truth? What if it is our lives that are saved from wandering by people who are wandering themselves calling us to live our lives inside out? What if truth is not something we can own or claim as a possession? What if truth is a journey with a traveling companion we are invited to grow to know? What I know today is that our traveling companions can make all the difference. What I know today is that someone may think the same thing about my company. I may not ever know how or why but the truth is in the journey and the company.
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Holy Spirit, guide my muddled journey for the truth. Amen.