June 14, 2008
Saturday of the tenth week in ordinary time
Matthew 5: 33-37
Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Anything more is from the Evil One."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, you told us that you are “the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6). You paved the way with your redemptive blood so that we might follow you, acknowledging your eternal friendship.
Petition: Lord, grant me the grace to speak always with truth and prudence!
1. Be Sincere When Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47), our Lord was telling us that Nathaniel was a sincere, truthful person. Each one of us has to be like Nathaniel. Just as our Lord could see truth reflected in Nathaniel, those around us should see truth and sincerity reflected in our conduct. It is too easy to exaggerate and embellish the truth. Frequently we hear people saying they do not know whom to vote for, because they cannot trust politicians. Has anybody lost trust in you?
2. Rectitude and Integrity Once, while I was waiting in line at a cash register, a father asked to see the manager. His son was standing beside him with his head hanging down. When the manager arrived, the father told him that his son had something to give him. The boy then handed the manager some merchandise that he and some of his buddies had stolen from the store. I said a prayer of gratitude for that father, a man who truly loved his son. He was forming his little boy. His action was a loving statement to his son about rectitude and integrity. How easy it could have been to cover up the boy’s misdemeanor and store it away as a family secret.
3. Say “Yes” When You Mean “Yes” “Anything more is from the Evil One.” The devil entices us to be cunning and clever, to deceive others with flattery and adulation. He is called “the father of lies,” and it is easy to become one of his sons. Deceit is the opposite of truth. Instead of being clever, we should be sincere with those who trust us and let our “yes” be simply “yes” and our “no” be simply “no” – anything more comes from the evil one.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you told the apostle Thomas that you were “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Help me to be a pillar of truth and rectitude; help me to speak with others as I speak with you.
Resolution: I will overcome human respect and will tell the truth.
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