Sunday, January 21, 2018

3rd Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, 22-01-18

2 Sam 5:1-7, 10 / Mark 3:22-30

We all know this very useful advice: Think before you speak.

Generally speaking, most of us do think before we speak. In fact, we have to think before words can come out of our mouths.

The question is what are our thoughts. If we have kind thoughts, then our words will be kind. If we have bad thoughts, then our words will just follow suit.

More so in a contest when the outcome is not that certain, it would be wise not to boast of strength or victory just yet.

In the 1st reading, the Jebusites defending Jerusalem taunted David by saying, "You will never get in here. The blind and the lame will hold you off".

Those are very boastful and prideful words, especially when they were under siege. The Jebusites will have to suffer for the folly of their words.

In the gospel, the scribes used words that only exposed what was in their minds and hearts. Without understanding the truth of the matter, they made accusations against Jesus that were evils in themselves.

From today's readings, we get this lesson - Be kind and gentle. Always think before you speak because the words we choose can only be forgiven but not forgotten.

May we always speak to Jesus first so that we can taste our words before we speak them out to others.