Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection June 15, 2024


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R/. It is you, O Lord, who are my portion.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Bend my heart, O God, to your decrees grant me mercy by your law.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

1.      Truthfulness and faithfulness are the hallworks of a true follower of Christ. The custom of Swearing must be seen in this context. Apparently, swearing seems quite useful in convincing the other and providing a sense of assurance.

2.      Thus it appears as an expression of firmness and trust. But if we reflect a little deep, we see that it can convey the contrary. It implies a lack of honesty, truthfulness and credibility. We are not so sure that we cannot be counted as reliable by our own selves.

3.      Therefore, we call upon other factors like God God or God’s grace, temple or altar etc. Swearing indirectly implies there is inadequate self-responsibility and the weightage of persuasion is shifted onto these other reliables. The concern is not so much keeping the oath or breaking it, but rather fostering a consistent sense of self-responsibility, reliability, and truthfulness

4.      It is better to develop this sense of self-responsibility and truthfulness. These increase trustworthiness. These are essential for any mission. Elisha is bestowed with the grace of succession after Elijah because God finds him trustworthy to continue His mission.

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