Morning Breakfast With the Word*
Jesus continues to lead us into the deeper meaning of the commandments. After the discussion on murder, adultery, cutting off, divorce, He leads us more into the discussion on taking oaths and swearing. We live in a culture in which the truth is always hard to say and constantly desecrated. Sometimes to force the truth out, people go into taking oaths and swearing. Sometimes in order to prove our hands are clean we invoke the name of God using words like “God will be my judge ” I swear to God” “only God knows” etc these and many Jesus says are not worthy of His disciples. Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
1. If we are falsely accused, Jesus said before “blessed are you when people insult you,persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets and accused them ( Mathew 5:11-12). Even Jesus suffered the same fate. Many today are suffering because of false accusations. Always let God fight your battle.
2. Today truth has been desecrated and bastardized. Even those who are to protect the defenseless, the poor, the widows, the helpless etc have join hands to intimidate and accuse falsely. Sometimes to prove the falsity of the accusations, the victims try to swear. But do not forget that no truth can remain uncovered, one day it will come to the open. Many Christians are in this bandwagon. You intimidate people and frame them up because you think you have the position or power, always know that no earthly position lasts forever and nobody knows tomorrow.
3. Also sometimes when we do something, in order to protect our personality, we hide, we lie, we swear, sometimes using the name of God. Jesus says such type of life is not worthy of his disciples. Let your yes be yes.
4. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) His word is Truth (Psalm 119:160). But truth has been slaughtered at the altar of selfishness and corruption. The bible says “He will judge the intentions of our heart for there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account (Hebrews 4:12-13).
4. Be truth-tellers. Let your “yes” mean “yes” and your “no” mean “no.” Don’t tell half-truths, or or little white lies. When you make a promise to someone, live up to that promise. When you give your word, live your word. This is what differentiates us from others. It is not always easy but we have made the choice to be a light to the world.
May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to overcome all temptations to be a light to the world. Amen.
*Fr Sanctus Mario*