Word of the day
Reading of the day
1 KGS 19:19-21
Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,
as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;
he was following the twelfth.
Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.
Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,
"Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,
and I will follow you."
Elijah answered, "Go back!
Have I done anything to you?"
Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;
he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,
and gave it to his people to eat.
Then he left and followed Elijah as his attendant.
Gospel of the day
Jesus 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."
Words of the Holy Father
If you say that you are in communion with the Lord, walk in the light: not a double life! Not that!. Give a decisive ‘no’ to the lies that we are so used to seeing and to falling into: saying one thing and doing another. (…) We know where lies come from: in the Bible, Jesus calls the devil the ‘father of lies’, a liar.(…) You are in communion with God, walk in the light; do works of light, do not say one thing and do another”, do not have a “double life”. (…) do not go along with one foot in the light and the other in darkness; do not be a liar”. The important thing is to be aware that we have all sinned and no one can say: this man is a sinner, this woman is a sinner, while I, thanks be to God, am just. No!. Because, only the One who paid for us is just. And if someone sins, he awaits us. He forgives us because he is merciful, and knows how we are formed, and remembers that we are dust. May the very joy that this reading gives us, lead us forward in the simplicity and transparency of Christian life, especially when we turn to the Lord. With the truth. (Santa Marta, April 29, 2016)