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Today’s Gospel
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Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 5,33-37): Jesus said to his disciples, «Say yes when you mean yes and say no when you mean no». Jesus said to his disciples, «You have also heard that people were told in the past: Do not break your oath; an oath sworn to the Lord must be kept. But I tell you this: do not take oaths. Do not swear by the heavens, for they are God's throne, nor by the earth, because it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great king. Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. Say yes when you mean yes and say no when you mean no. Anything else you say comes from the devil».

Illustration: + Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today Jesus goes on talking about respect for others. Do we want to love? Then we must take care of the language ("how we say things") and the truth ("what we say"). Sometimes in our environment we hear some nonsense like the following: "I swear it by my ancestors" (or similar expressions). Whoever swears too much is because he lies too much!

— Do you want to be loved? Keep your word! As Jesus recommends, "do not swear by Heaven (...), nor by the Earth ... nor by your head", because you do not even know how many hairs you have on it.