On the one hand, we are made to know the truth. The human mind hungers for truth. On the other hand, truth can be painful and so people avoid the truth. This is a struggle that takes place in every human heart. There are some people who take a grim view of themselves. They miss the truth by putting themselves down. The truth is that we are flawed beings made in the image of God. Moreover we are graced sinners. There exist, side by side within us, great nobility and occasional meanness.
That is what Jesus came to save. What he asks is faith in him and a willingness to follow along with him as he purifies our hearts. Jesus does not turn away from us because we have flaws. They are no surprise to him. He sees what we can become. John says: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life” (Jn 3). It is our faith in the good will of the Father and of Jesus which opens us to the truth.
Enable me to see myself in truth, Lord. Let neither vainglory nor despondency rule me. I believe in you and in your power to make me what I can become.