The end of last Sunday’s Gospel was the main focus of my pastor’s homily. The idea of talking plainly, of letting one’s yes mean yes. And getting off our indecisiveness and keeping-options-open and making a commitment when we are called to it:
“Again 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.”
What does this have to do with the Sacrament of Reconciliation? I think it’s simple enough: our relationship with God suggests a yes-or-no commitment. We say yes. Simple, but often difficult.
Given our human frailties, we might not always be in a position to follow through everywhere and always with that yes. But our intention to say yes to the Lord: that must count for something.