Lying! We need to stop it

In todays Mass, we had a foreign priest who gave a homily. It was difficult to understand him but I loved interpretation of today’s readings. At the end I took that Honesty and Integrity are important character traits and virtues one must attempt to aquire. I must agree that lying is also easy to do but it is very unhealthy in many ways. At another Mass I attended the priest commented on it and said that many of us make rash promises to the Lord and then to others. So true.

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 136

Reading 1 ez 18:25-28

Thus says the LORD:
You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!”
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,
he does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Responsorial Psalm ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14

R/ (6a) Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R/ Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not;
in your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R/ Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way.
R/ Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Reading 2 phil 2:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.

Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

or phil 2:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.

Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus.

Gospel mt 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, 'I will not, ’
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

What a strange coincidence! I invited a friend to Mass with me for the first time, and the priests’ accent was SO BAD we could hardly understand him! But then I listened to his message–be good people; accept correction in love; don’t expect immediate perfection in your spiritual life; some battles last a lifetime–and I just felt so proud to be a Catholic. His delivery was a little rough, but I was happy his advice was so sound.

Yep I listened to that sermon, with a priest who’s accent was challenging. And I was thinking, am I the first one or the second one? & I kept wondering what God would say. It seemed the priest was Indicating that we in church are likely less than prostitutes in the eyes of God, & that we’re most likely the 2nd one. Oh dear, I did not feel worthy, but I guess one must get used to that. Tomorrow is a new day, & I guess we go cause we love God, & therefore we promise to try. At least I havent killed anyone - thats gotta account for something?!!

:rolleyes: But seriously…

If you want the truth, here is the truth about God, can you handle it? - the superlove between us and God. :thumbsup:

youtube.com/watch?v=dX_vUZtlAgY&index=1&list=RDdX_vUZtlAgY

And knowing this, yes we are called to greater things, cause God is greater.

Well, insofar as accents are concerned, it’s unfortunate they are so hard to understand. However, they are doing their best to help cover for the lack of American priests, coming to a foreign land, speaking a second language, working with a different culture.

If it’s any consolation, with time, you will probably get used to the accent, but yeah, in the meantime,it must be frustrating.

I read someone on CAF once who had trouble understanding the priest’s accent. I think she later invited him to dinner, and I think he ended up becoming one of her favorite priests!

I am a foreigner in a foreign land, no family here, few friends, and I can tell you it’s been very very hard. I hope ya all will be patient with him, welcome him at that church, help him adjust. Recall in the Bible how God said to be very good to foreigners, telling the Israelites to remember that there was a time they were foreigners in a foreign land, too.

Go out of your way to make sure he feels welcomed and included would be my two cents.

good to know Joy2day you haven’t killed anyone…lately!:wink:

QUOTE=ClearWater;12373108]Well, insofar as accents are concerned, it’s unfortunate they are so hard to understand.

Go out of your way to make sure he feels welcomed and included would be my two cents.
Thanks for you advice ClearWater

I have, in my personal life cut down my lying quite a bit and today after several decades on working on it I have seen quite a change in me and in my spirituality. I also know how hard it is to work on it day and night. Even though it is hard to see and evaluate oneself objectively but as scripture states we will be know by our fruits and refined as in gold. Today, Lately, I get quite tempted to lie because I deal with Worldly in your face people and it would be so much easier to lie to them then having to deal with them.
Patients is a virtue I need to continue working on.

As fallen beings we have to consciously cultivate a love for truth, while the rest of creation always adheres to it, to God’s plan/law. And it takes effort. Adam & Eve embraced a lie, and all human history since that time has been the record of ä people at odds with, and not always at all comfortable with, truth to one degree or another. All other falsehoods flow from that first human willingness to believe a lie in an attempt to fulfill an inordinate desire, the desire to be God in that case.

Rd

Whats with the ‘lately’?

I think that in our culture lying is so part of life that we don’t think we are doing it when we are. **It’s a spiritual time bomb **and I can’t see any spiritual progression while we lie.

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