Friday, June 14, 2019
SATURDAY, 10th Week in Ordinary Time
June 15, 2019 - SATURDAY, 10th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Cor 5: 14 – 21 / Mt 5: 33 – 37
FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Cor 5: 14 – 19
Indeed the love of Christ holds us and we realize that if he died for all, all have died. He died for all so that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for them. And so from now on we do not regard anyone from a human point of view; and even if we once knew Christ personally, we should now regard him in another way.
For that same reason, the one who is in Christ is a new creature. For him the old things have passed away; a new world has come. All this is the work of God who in Christ has reconciled us to himself, and who entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation. Because in Christ God reconciled the world to himself, no longer taking into account their trespasses and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 5: 33 – 37
Jesus said to his disciples, "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."
Today our Lord reminds us to speak truthfully and so live with integrity.
Our words are powerful. Our words can mislead people, set wrong directions, hurt feelings, divide a community and maybe even kill. We must take care that what we say is what we honestly and truly mean. And what we honestly mean is what is truthful and real.
Simply put, our words must be words lived out always in a life of truthful love. We need not take an oath to profess our compassion for others, especially the weak: we need only to express it daily in heartfelt and generous charity. We need not pronounce vows to assure others of our sincerity: we need only to be consistent in our humble service. We need not swear unremitting loyalty to prove that we are trustworthy: we only need faithfulness in our day-to-day responsibilities and respect for our dreams for the least in our society.
It is only when our words reflect and signify the Truth that the Word- made-Flesh has revealed to us that our words could be truly powerful, life- giving and life-sustaining. Let us then pray to the God of Truth that we may speak truthfully and so live with integrity.
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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