Attest the truthfulness of God


The wisdom of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn is represented by his three truths: the truth of experience, the truth of faith and the truth of method. 

The Gospel Enquiry is a way (method) of working out how to put faith into action and thereby contribute to the transformation of the world and of self. To achieve this, we must bring to bear our faith on our experience of the world. Being truthful with ourselves and with others is essential if we want to grow from the experience of putting our faith into action. 

Formal religious faith is on the decline in Australia, but that does not mean that the truth of faith cannot apply to those who describe themselves in the national census as having “no religion”. The Gospel is for everyone and for all time. 

The Gospel

John the Baptist said to his disciples:
‘He who comes from above is above all others;
He who comes from heaven
bears witness to the things he has seen and heard,
even if his testimony is not accepted;
though all who do accept his testimony
are attesting the truthfulness of God,
since he whom God has sent
speaks God’s own words:
God gives him the Spirit without reserve.
The Father loves the Son
and has entrusted everything to him.
Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life:
the anger of God stays on him.’
(John 3:31-36)

The Enquiry 


  • Read the Gospel passage. Next, think of opposites in your life right now. Which are you more like: a glass half full? Or a glass half empty? The straight road leading to hell? Or the winding, narrow road into the Kingdom of God? Recall a time when you were faced with a choice to make between being self-centred or focusing on the needs of others.  
  • Locate the passage in a copy of John’s Gospel and read the passage again, taking note of its context. Why does John speak to his disciples about Jesus in this way?   
  • What does John experience through his relationship with Jesus?  


  • What do you think about having a relationship with Jesus like the one that John has with him? 
  • What can you identify in your life that resembles the relationship between Jesus and John?    
  • Read the Gospel passage again. How does it help you to chart your way through life?


  • Think of how you would like your life to be and of what needs to change so that your life .
  • What small action can you take that will contribute to the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth? When and where will you carry out the action and how often? 
  • Who can you involve in your action and how, when and how often will you get them to participate in your action?

Author: Pat Branson 

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