April 25, Ephesians 4:25
Ephesians: So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.
We know that we are all part of the one body of Christ. I've heard it explained that if you shatter a mirror, each shard is part of the mirror, and each piece has the same reflectivity.
If we are members of one another, therefore, part of one body, any falsehood affects the entire community. The negative energy that surrounds a falsehood permeates the community, and no one needs that.
I recall walking the camino, and I was falling apart. My priest friend made it very clear from the beginning that we each were walking our own camino. Because I didn't want to be a burden to him when he asked me how I was doing as I limped into Astorga, I told him I was fine, better yet, great.
He said, "I think we'd all be better off if you were honest about the situation."
We need to be honest with ourselves in order to be honest with our neighbors. Perhaps realizing that the falsehoods we tell ourselves affect the whole community will nudge us to be honest with ourselves first.
Today, may the ripple of honesty we begin in our own lives encourage others and bring positive energy to the entire body of Christ.