Don't Speak Blasphemy
Why do we oppose foul speaking in society? One thing you hear from the younger generation is that everyone, swears, everyone uses that word or phrase, it's a way to express yourself. Think about how our world has changed from the time the Ten Commandments were first formed. At the time, speaking the Lord's name in veign led to great punishment, and now, many use not only God's name in veign without even realizing it, but the English language has developed many bother forms of cursing as well, which are just as dishonorable. How are we to be seen as Catholics who can be loving and God's humble people if we don't also speak with a humble tongue? Do you have a potty mouth, or one that is continually aware of speaking out in love?
Today's Gospel states:'On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, `Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the man who was paralyzed -- "I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home." And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today"' (Luke 5:17-26).
Today's reading talks about how to interpret blasphemy, that every time is a good time to bring God's love to the world. The people saw Jesus healing on the Sabbath, calling him blasphemous, as none should heal on that day but God. Jesus tells them that when doing acts of love and helping others to find God's will, it is not what they interpret as blasphemy, but words of healing, God's love. Jesus shows us that one of the greatest methods of bringing God's love and healing to the world is through our actions, and our words. Take some time to ask God to help you speak only in words of love, forgetting blashempy in your vocabulary.
Today we pray:
Thank You for sending Your Son as an example for me for how I should act in my life. Help me to be like Christ, avoiding all blasphemous words and speaking only in love.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.