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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

“Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black.” (Matthew 5:36)


Sometimes I look in the mirror and wonder if a little “Just for Men” should have been applied at some point. Now, it would be too little too late as I seem to have a full infestation of gray on my head.

Still, I don’t really think that is what Jesus had in mind with this verse. The whole of today’s Gospel and the chapter from which it comes is meant to help us understand the law and the prophets in the light of Jesus Christ. He repeatedly uses the phrase “You have heard …, but I say” to help us make the connections.

Today’s Gospel specifically talks of oaths, and challenges us to live in such a way that it becomes unnecessary to have to invoke God’s name as proof of the truth.

If we live this way and trust God’s love and mercy for us, it will not matter if our hair is white or black. Or gray.


Lord, we thank You for the gift of life. Help us to live as in Your love and mercy


Jerry Klein
Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese,

1 KINGS 19:19-21 • PSALM 16:1B-2A AND 5, 7-8, 9-10 • MATTHEW 5:33-37

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