Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth.
What does it mean to be hated by the world? Christ tells us that we who seek Him and who seek to be like Him are hated by the world and the reason He gives is this: we do not belong to the world any more than Our Lord belongs to the world.
Christ asks the Father that we be consecrated in truth. God’s Word is Truth. And so we are hated by the world because we are called to the Truth, and truth is not the friend of the world. It takes only the briefest of surveys of the ills of our world to understand how far the world is removed from the truth: there is rampant, seemingly unending war. Starvation. Abortion. Euthanasia. Promiscuity and perversion. Contraception. All of these are born of violence and selfishness – and the world seeks desperately to normalize them.
But you and I are called to something different. We are called to the truth and we receive our call from the source of all Truth: God Himself. If we are comfortable in the world, it is time to re-examine our lives, because if we become comfortable we have strayed from the Truth.
And we aren’t allowed to seek comfort in hiding from the world, either. We are sent into the world just as Christ was sent into the world. We are given a mission and sent forth, and there are two possible outcomes: the world will transform us and make us like it, or else the world will hate us because we are trying to transform it to be what it should be… what it was always meant to be.
Ultimately, the world won’t be fully transformed until the end of time… until Christ comes again. But, that’s okay. We know how things end and we know, ultimately, all things will be set right by Our Lord. It’s not a contest of good versus evil; it’s a mission in which good is sent forth to confront evil – and each one of us are missionaries. We are called and we are sent: if we can’t change the world, then we simply do good where we are. We change lives, starting always with our own. We open windows to God’s love because that is what missionaries do. We invite others in and we share with them the mission we have ourselves received.
Let us pray always for the grace to be hated by the world, because being hated by the world is a gift. If the whole world rejects the Truth, the truth does not stop being true. The world embraces countless lies. Let us instead embrace Our Lord, the fountain of truth, and embrace His Holy Word, by which all truth is known. And let us thank God always for calling us to the difficult and uncomfortable path – let us thank God for letting us glimpse the joy of truth and then sending us for a time into the realm misery and sorrow – for if we were less than we are we could be comfortable in the world and ignorant of the Truth, and perhaps never come to know the fullness of truth that we will see in the world to come.