June 15, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho):

Our God is a faithful God.  He is not a God of deceit and uncertainty.  He is not as fickle minded as we are.  It is either Yes or  No with Him.  Can you imagine a God who will say yes today and later will change His mind?  What chaos!

Sincerity is one of the finest virtues we can have.  What does sincerity means?  Oxford dictionary defines the word as “the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy.”  In simple terms,  it is being true.  Our human relationships are based on this virtue,  to be sincere.

Our Gospel today speaks of being sincere in everything we say and do.  Our actions toward God and toward others should be as sincere as possible so that we may glorify God.  Our relationship with others calls for this virtue.  It is through sincerity that we gain the love and respect of others, but more so, of ourselves.  One way of deepening our relationship with God is through our sincere prayer.  As we deepen our relationship with Him, we should be able to trans share what we received from God through others.

Being sincere to oneself is one way of understanding how we feel and how we act towards others.  All our actions will be aligned if we know  the basic truth about ourselves and what we believe in.  If we say yes, then it is a yes and if it is a no then it is a no.  There is no in between.

Our God is a faithful God.  When He said He will never leave us, He was very faithful to it.  When He said that He would save us from our sins, He sent His beloved Son.  What else can we ask for?  So if God asks you to be faithful, what will your answer be?  Is it a resounding yes with conviction?

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