Father Matthew Kaderabek, LC
said to his disciples: "You have heard that it
was said to your ancestors, Do not take a false
oath, but make good to the Lord all that you
vow. But I say to you, do not swear
at all; not by heaven, for it is God´s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of
the great King. Do not swear by your head, for
you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ´Yes´ mean ´Yes,´ and your ´No´ mean ´No.´
Anything more is from the Evil One."
Prayer:Father of love, source of all blessings, you have
led me throughout my life and you lead me still.
Thank you for your paternal care. Jesus, Son of
God, you died for me on the cross to pay
for my sins and manifest your unconditional love for
me. Thank you for showing me the way home
to the Father. Holy Spirit, sweet guest of the soul,
you heal me and strengthen me and set me
on fire from the most intimate depths of my soul.
Thank you for your loving presence within me.
Lord, help me to be honest and sincere in my
dealings with others.
1. So Help Me, God! An oath is
a solemn invocation of God to witness the truth
of what one asserts to be the case or
the sincerity of one’s undertakings in regard to future actions.
Most Christians have acknowledged the importance and appropriateness of
oath-taking on occasions of great importance. We see the
President take an oath of office; we see men
and women of the military swear an oath to faithfully
serve and defend our country; we see people who
take the stand in a courtroom place their hand
on the Bible, raise their right hand, and take an
oath that they will tell the truth, the whole
truth, and nothing but the truth … and they end
by saying, “So help me, God.” All of the
above are calling on God to help them be true
to their word because what they are swearing to
do is a humanly difficult task, one which needs
divine assistance in order to remain true.
2. Base Your Mutual
Relationships on Truth: In Christ’s time, the making of sworn
statements was so frequent and the casuistry surrounding them
so intricate that the practice was being grossly abused.
All this meant great disrespect for the name of God.
Jesus lays down here the criterion that his disciples
must apply in their lives. It is based on
re-establishing mutual trust, nobility and sincerity. The devil is “the
father of lies” (John 8:44). Therefore, Christ’s Church must
teach that human relationships cannot be based on deceit
and insincerity. God is truth, and the children of
the Kingdom must, therefore, base mutual relationships on truth.
Jesus consistently condemned hypocrisy in his teachings, and he praised
sincerity as one of the finest of virtues: “Behold,
an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (spoken
of Nathanael, John 1:47). Do I eschew any form of
hypocrisy in my life?
3. Anything More Is from
the Evil One: Would it be reading too much
into the words of Our Lord — to say simply
“yes” if we mean yes, and “no” if we
mean no — to apply them to the origins and
intentions of lying in our lives? Jesus affirms that
anything obscuring what we ought to say, or anything
meant to mislead, cover up or falsify by false emphasis,
“comes from the Evil One”. He shows us that
insincerity is how political and economic life become and
remain alienated from truth, become destructive of the kingdom
of God, of the kingdom of him who was, and
remains, “a sign that is spoken against” (Luke 2:34).
Am I honest with my family members and work
Conversation with Christ: You see it all,
Lord, and you read my heart. You look on
in sorrow as I allow myself to play by the
rules of the Evil One. Help me to re-commit
myself to living in the light, doing away with all
falsehood. From now on, my “yes” will be yes,
and my “no” will be no.
will start today by seeking to patch up any relationship
— especially my relationship with my spouse — which
may have been harmed through a lack of truthfulness