Scriptural Reference: Psalms 141:3
A common error of some modern day Christians is the presumption that God is only interested in some aspects of our lives – perhaps, the lofty things. On the contrary God is interested in the minutest things of our human existence. Unique to the Lukean account of the Resurrection episode is his narration of the appearance of Jesus to two of His disciples on their way to Emmaus. As they walked by, and talked about their bewilderment, Jesus Himself walked by their side and he inquired, “What are you talking about to each other as you walk along?” (Luke 24:17) Fellow pilgrim, we also are on a journey here on earth; a journey to our eternal home. On this journey, Jesus is interested in everything that happens to us including how and what we say.
Some believers still think that God is unconcerned about their speech. They are so indecent that even the devil will readily condemn them. Such category of believers though present as committed Christian but their way of speaking is still unconverted. Such was the case with Peter at the chief priest’s gate. The young girl who confronted him said, “His speech gives him away.” You cannot be a committed Christian and still celebrate vulgar speaking and the use of words that promote immorality. The way some believers speak betray the faith they profess, their speech is to the contrary. Little wonder Scripture says, “God will judge every unproductive word.” Today, we must honestly examine our lives and with the Psalmist turn to God and cry, “Lord, place a guard over my mouth, a sentry at the door of my lips.” We must be truly repentant and converted in our ways of speaking, for when the tongue is disciplined; every word spoken becomes productive and edifying, and attracts God’s blessings on the listener(s).
MASS: WHITE Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2.4-5.18-19 (R.22); Jn 6:16-21 ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA, VD, (Memorial) (2)
1. Take this song meditatively, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight O’ Lord.”
2. Father, give me the grace to discipline my tongue.
3. Pray for all who are involved in evangelization.
4. My Father, give me the tongue of a disciple and let every word I speak be edifying to my listeners.
5. O God, place Your coal upon my lips and let it be ignited with Your fire.
Exercise: Be moderate and charitable in your words always.
Meditation: Eph. 4:29