Mt 5:33-37 Of Course!

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to his disciples:  “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’  Anything more is from the Evil One.”

Say what you mean and just do it.  Sounds simple.  And yet we all know it is not.  It is not because whenever we say what we mean, then it demands we follow through, we commit; and commitment to anything today is just too old fashion, like a handshake, right?  Wrong.

Commitment is beautiful, for it is certain.

While I was in the seminary, we seminarians were taught an interesting saying:  “Do what you say or die trying.”  Okay, I know this may sound a bit extreme or NAVY SEAL to some, but it was music to my ears.  It meant I could count on the men around me, and this was very reassuring to me and to all of us.  I knew that if someone promised something, then it was set in stone.  No contracts or signatures were required. 

Sure, commitment means sacrifice, but life without commitments would be like the sun not rising, or a day with more or less than 24 hours, or the moon escaping earth’s gravity.  On the downside there is a certain sacrifice associated with being, but it allows all things to be defined, for better or worse.

Anything more is from the Evil One.  Really?  Is lying really that bad, especially when you are trying not to hurt someone’s feelings??? 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings.  Unfortunately, when our “yes” does not mean “yes” but “no,” then we end up hurting those we love.   God knows this is so true. 

So why do I say “Sure!” or “Yes!” when I should be saying “Are you crazy!” or “No!”?  It’s because it comes from the Evil One who loves to bend the truth and twist love.

Let your “yes” mean “yes” and your “no” mean “no” and your life (and the lives of those around you) will be filled with understanding, certainty and joy. 

Count on it. (0)

Fr. Alfonse (1044 Posts)

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