Today, Marg Gobius, Leader of School Evangelisation at MacKillop College, reads from the Gospel of Matthew (5: 33-37) which continues with Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where he further explores the intricacies of the Hebrew law and the swearing of oaths.

Marg says, in this passage, Jesus teaches his disciples the profound value of honesty and simplicity in their words. By advising them not to swear oaths, He emphasizes that their integrity should be so evident that a simple “Yes” or “No” is enough.

This reflection highlights the importance of living a life of authenticity and truth, where one’s word is trusted without the need for an elaborate promise.

Jesus calls us to be genuine in our commitments and interactions, reminding us that our honesty reflects our faith and respect for God’s presence in every aspect of our lives. This guidance encourages us to cultivate trustworthiness and transparency, fostering a community built on mutual respect and sincere communication.

And so, Marg invites us to pray:

Lord, grant us the grace to speak with honesty and simplicity, reflecting Your truth in our every word. Help us to live with integrity, so that our “Yes” means yes and our “No” means no, always honoring Your presence in our lives. Amen.