Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (17th June, 2017) on the Gospel
(Our Lady of Saturday, Opt Mem.)
Ps 102:1-4.8-9.11-12. (R. v.8);
Topic: Christian’s word.
In today’s gospel Jesus commands us in His teaching concerning oaths, “Do not swear at all.... Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one” (Matt 5:34,37).
Why does one swear other than to convince the other of his/her genuineness? Saint Paul in his letter to Philippians urges us to “be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world” (Phil 2:15; cf. Matt 5:14; 2Cor 4:6). In his second letter to Corinthians he pointed out how worldly people make their plans, “Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans like a worldly man, ready to say Yes and No at once?” (2Cor 1:17)
Christ is telling us to be children of the Father that we are in reality because in Him, it is always Yes, cf. 2Cor 1:19. Hence, Saint Paul admonishes us, “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Eph 5:1).
Saint John tells us how to identify the children of God, and the children of the devil, “whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother” (1Jn 3:10). And from the gospel of Saint John we read, “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (Jn 1:12). We are called to be real and not to confuse people with our lies in the name of taking oath.
Bible Reading: 2Cor 1:12-22.
Thought for today: You are the light of the world (Matt 5:14).
Let us pray: God, give us your grace and the courage to say Yes, Yes or No, No. May we never speak for the evil one – Amen.
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