FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12 JUNE 2021 Saturday 10
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
WORD of the DAY
Again 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. (Mt 5: 33-37)
How shall I live this Word?
We need a hygiene of words to prevent our considerations from becoming dubious theologies disguised as certainty and devotion. You can’t play with words. The believer should be clear to avoid ‘the more’ that hurts, creates problems, judges, upsets. We are called to know how to say yes and no in the face of truth or falsehood, invited to measure the destructive power that our words can sometimes have, while they should only be a blessing. There is also a mercy of language; it is enclosed in silence. Whoever has this aptitude is like a great symphony where the pauses, the breaths, make the notes clearer, more beautiful, and when they speak their words become more meaningful.
Jesus, grant that we may speak the good, grasp the beauty that is in us, in our neighbor, more than the human limitations.
The Voice of Alda Merini, Poet
Choose carefully the words that are not to be said.
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