Pinocchio is a wooden puppet originally created in 1882 by Carlos Collodi in his book “The Pinocchio Adventures” but it became popular in 1940 through the Wald Disney production of the film with same title “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.
The interesting thing about the Pinocchio puppet is that every time he said a lie his nose grew. This imaginary reality makes us question, what size would our noses have if that would happen to humans?
To answer this question the idea is not to compare the size of our nose to someone else’s, but look at the mirror to analyze if our words contain more truths of lies.
There is a tendency in our days to mistakenly think that the “white lies” are necessary for the good coexistence between people. That is, it is necessary to mention to others only the convenient aspect of the subject but to avoid the inconvenient part, doing this we all come out happy.
The problem is that it is not possible to build over lies; it is only possible over truths. Eventually the lies are discovered and completely destroy the apparent good coexistence desired. It is exactly this that Jesus tried to alert the disciples about, to build deep relationships and not merely superficial ones; we need to learn to tell the truth in love, because this allows us all to get stronger.
To build deep relationships we have to develop our capacity to tell the truth without avoiding the inconvenient part of the subject, learn to tell it with love in a way that the other can receive it and understand it. This makes us consider not only the right moment to tell what we intend to others, but also the right moment for others to hear what we have to tell them. In addition we have to be ready and open to also hear the comment they have for us.
When we look at the mirror we certainly see something of Pinocchio in all of us, the challenge is to look at it and to see Jesus!
(Jesus and the oaths, Mathew 5:33-37 – Truth will set you free, John 8:31-37).
Originally published on 20/11/2017.