16 June, 2018: YES or NO

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Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

R1: 1 Kings 19: 19-21; Gospel: Mt 5: 33-37

Let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ means ‘no’. We have heard of many failed bi-lateral treaties between nations. They sign a treaty but one nation makes an unexpected attack, thus breaching the treaty. ‘Yes’ didn’t really mean ‘yes’ and ‘no’ didn’t really mean ‘no’. In the Bible too we have a similar story. The elder brother was asked to go to the field. He said no yet he went. The younger one said yes, but he didn’t go. Let me give you one more example. Recently we have been hearing a lot of accusations against priests and religious, especially in the areas of chastity and money mismanagement. Then, what was the ‘yes and no’ that they said during the moments of ordination or first profession? ‘Yes’ was not ‘yes’ and ‘no’ was not ‘no’.

Today Jesus gives us a very clear statement regarding our ‘yes’ and ‘no’. The best example for us is Mother Mary. She said a ‘yes’ at the moment of annunciation and lived that yes till Calvary. We have said ‘yes’ to Christian life. Though we might have said it without our knowledge at baptism, at our confirmation, we said it consciously:

‘Yes! I renounce Satan’

‘Yes! I believe in God’

But when we examine ourselves now, does our ‘yes’ really mean ‘yes’ to the demands of Christian life or do I substitute ‘yes ‘with ‘no’ and ‘no’ with ‘yes’? Saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ means to accept all the demands and responsibilities that ensue with that decision.

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