Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12
Today by the directives of the Holy Spirit, we address a negative attitude which has become prevalent among believers. It is the danger of an unbridled tongue. Information is very important in winning any kind of war, and so the soldiers, navy, police… name it, have intelligence units, which gather information with which they strategize in order to pull down their enemies. Satan also consummates most of his agenda through information gathering, so the careless release of information to satanic agents helps Satan launch successful attacks. God warned the Magi not to go back to Herod to give him information to track down the new-born King, so also the Lord God of Host is warning us to be discrete and stop releasing information for Satan to use.
A Christian brother arrived his village, and out of joy, began to share some of the good things happening around him – the progress of his children and so on. Unknown to him, one of the listeners had a jealous heart which led to him consummating a plan that ended the life of this brother. Sirach 20: 18a warns us thus: “A slip of tongue is worse than a slip on the pavement”; while Proverbs 13:3 says, “He that keeps his mouth, keeps his soul: but he that hath no guard on his speech shall meet with evils”. You will do yourself no harm by talking less of your progress and success especially in the manner that suggests that God loves you more than everyone else. Unguarded talks of this nature can generate hateful feelings and evil plans.
The many troubles in the church, homes, and Christian gatherings are caused by unbridled tongues. Many Christians are found wanting in this issue but painfully though have not seen how sinful and evil it is. Proverbs 21:23 warns us that, “If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say.” One thing we must learn today, is that words trigger off hatred in a jealous heart. And with hate and jealousy, any child of God can be used by Satan to stop a good work. As Herod heard of the birth of our Lord Jesus from the Magi, jealousy triggered up in him, culminating in the slaughter of innocent children. Beloved, talk less and listen more. An unguarded tongue does not know when deep secrets of life are carelessly released. This quote aptly captures the message of this day, “The brash unbridled tongue, the lawless folly of fools, will end in pain. But the life of wise content is blest with quietness, escapes the storm and keeps its house secure.” (EURIPIDES)
Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-2.3-4.5-6.7(R.12a); Accl Rom 8:15bc; Gosp Mt 6:7-15 ST ALOYSIUS GONZAGA, R. (MEMORIAL)
1. O my Holy Father, guard my tongue, help me to be wise in my utterances.
2. Pray seriously against the spirit of excessive and uncontrollable talks.
3. O Lord, fill me with wisdom that makes me speak with wisdom and the insight of the Holy Spirit.
Exercise: Ensure every of your utterance is guarded by wisdom.
Meditation: Psalms 141:3