Friday, June 13, 2014
Saturday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 10th Week in Ordinary Time
1 Kgs 19:19-21 / Ps 16: 1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10 / Mt. 5: 33-37
Reading: 1 Kgs 19:19-21
So Elijah left. He found Elisha, son of Shaphat, who was plowing a field of twelve acres and was at the end of the twelfth acre. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak over him. Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah and said, "Let me say goodbye to my father and mother; then I will follow you." Elijah said to him, "Return if you want, don't worry about what I did." However, Elisha turned back, took the yoke of oxen and slew them. He roasted their meat on the pieces of the yoke and gave it to his people who ate of it. After this, he followed Elijah and began ministering to him.
Gospel: Matthew 5: 33-37
You have also heard that people were told in the past: Do not break your oath; an oath sworn to the Lord must be kept. But I tell you this: do not take oaths. Do not swear by the heavens, for they are God's throne, nor by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great king. Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. Say yes when you mean yes and say no when you mean no. Anything else you say comes from the devil.
Just say "Yes" or "No" --- everything else you say comes from the evil one. (Mt 5:37)
Mahatma Gandhi once said that it is better to say "No" with conviction than "Yes" simply to please others. Often we take our consent or dissent to something for granted. The Bible passage reminds us to be careful in making promises. When many people depend on us, we should take what we say seriously.
The Bible more than once gave caution on being careful with what we say. It is probably so because whatever words come out of our mouths we can never take back. We need to put a premium on everything we say and do so that people we love will trust us. It is very easy to make promises, but doing them is another story.
Let us pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit that only good may come out of our lips. May our "Yes" be truly yes and our "No" be truly no.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
* for Josephine Droke, Helen, Sujit, Roop
… for the personal intentions – Fiona, Niky, Mukesh, Baptist & Sarita
* for the Confirmation Programme and the Preparing Team
… for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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