Daily Archives: June 14, 2008

Saturday, 14 June – Consistent Words and Actions

14 June – Saturday in Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:19-21

Elijah came on Elisha son of Shaphat as he was ploughing behind twelve yoke of oxen, he himself being with the twelfth. Elijah passed near to him and threw his cloak over him. Elisha left his oxen and ran after Elijah. ‘Let me kiss my father and mother, then I will follow you’ he said. Elijah answered, ‘Go, go back; for have I done anything to you?’ Elisha turned away, took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose, and followed Elijah and became his servant. 


Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus said, ‘Again, you have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not break your oath, but must fulfil your oaths to the Lord. But I say this to you: do not swear at all, either by heaven, since that is God’s throne; or by the earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great king. Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black. All you need say is “Yes” if you mean yes, “No” if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the evil one.’

All you need say is ‘Yes’ if you mean yes, ‘No’ if you mean no.

There have probably been times when we have not trusted someone. Why is this so? Probably because that person has not been honourable in his/her word; the other person may have a habit of paying lip-service without following through with actions. When this happens, it can be very frustrating and disappointing.

However, before we condemn such people, we need to examine ourselves to see if we have been honourable in our words. God says, “Let your ‘yes’ mean yes and your ‘no’ mean no.” Have we followed his command? Or have there been times when our actions and words have contradicted each other? If this is so, instead of screaming “Why don’t you trust me?!!” at our friend/parent/partner/child, we need to first make sure that our words and actions have been consistent with each other. We need to make sure that our actions and behaviours help our words to become flesh.

So let us start taking responsibility for the times when we have not been worthy of someone else’s trust. Instead of condemning ourselves, however, let us turn to God and ask Him to help us change into people who are worthy of trust.

(Today’s reflection by Jean Cheng)

Prayer: Lord, help us to live in your truth and to have words and actions that are in harmony with each other.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks to a loving God who never contradicts himself and is always worthy of our trust.


Upcoming readings:
15 June, Sun – Exodus 19:2-6a; Romans 5:6-11; Matthew 9:36-10:8; Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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