Saturday 17 June 2017
2 Corinthians 5:14-21. Psalms 102(103):1-4, 4-8, 11-12. Matthew 5:33‑37.
The Lord is kind and merciful — Psalms 102(103):1-4, 4-8, 11-12.
‘Let your “Yes” mean yes, and your “No” mean no.’
This passage from Matthew is difficult to understand unless we have some concept of how an oath operated. The purpose was to guarantee truthfulness by calling on the name of God as a witness. Jesus is demanding that his followers not lie in any way but be so truthful that an oath is unnecessary.
This call to a higher level of honesty cuts across all facets of our lives. If we are truthful in little things, we will most likely be truthful in bigger things. For instance, do we use too much work time for our personal emails or facebook updates? Do we use the photocopier at work for our own needs? Do we neglect to put the shopping trolley back? Do we leave unwanted clothes in the change room after trying them on? Let us reflect today on our level of truthfulness.