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Saturday 10th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings

Saturday 10th Week of the Year.

Matthew 5:33-37.

Healthy relationships grow and develop on trust. “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the Evil One.”  (Matthew 5:37)

It’s a common enough scene when someone says something,
and another does not believe them.

Almost immediately they will say, “I swear, it’s true.”

It could be about something important,
or it could be something frivolous.
It was very common for people in our Lord’s time
to begin a statement with “By my life,” or,
“By my head,” and the like.

This practice grew to use God’s name
to express the sincerity of our statements.

People understood that if anyone swore by anything
other than God’s name, he would not have to keep his oath,
or his word that he would do something –
What he said he would do, could be broken.
Jesus is teaching us that we should use God’s Name for sacred things,
such as addressing him in prayer and worship.

Behind this of course is the reverence
we have in our hearts for his divinity.

And then Jesus tells us a simple
“Yes,” or “No” is sufficient when we speak to another.
Remember him saying, “Blessed are the pure of heart.”

We need to live life in such a transparent way
that people will take us for our word.

Our “Yes” will result in someone trusting us.
They will know we will be there for them
and fulfill our commitment to them.


If we don’t, people will quickly lose their trust in us.

They will doubt any time we promise
to do something until it happens.

Even if something better comes along,
it’s good to stick with our commitments.

There are always emergencies,
but not everything has to be an emergency.
Healthy relationships grow and develop on trust.
“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ ”

Anything more is from the Evil One.

We will not be afraid to open our hearts to each other
when we trust each other.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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