The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday, Week XX, Year I in Ordinary Time, 19 August 2021 Judges 11:29-39 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> Matthew 22:1-14
God our loving Father, please make me conscious beginning today of every word that I say, of its meaning and implications; better, teach me to be silent and still, to speak only when necessary, avoiding especially making any oath even before you.
Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. “If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said, “whoever comes ot of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the Lord. I shall offer him up as a burnt offering. When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah (after defeating the Ammonites), it was his daughter who came forth, playing the tambourines and dancing. She was an only child: he had neither son nor daughter besides her. When he saw her, he rent his garments and said, “Alas, daughter, you have struck me down and brought calamity upon me. For I have made a vow to the Lord and I cannot retract.”Judges 11:30-31, 34-35
"Words, words, words!" Like Hamlet, we read and say many words without meaning, falsely believing words become true when multiplied and said over and over not realizing the most powerful words ever spoken where those borne out of silence when you created everything.
Give us the grace, dear God, to be like Jesus your Son, "the Word who became flesh" to be a person of credibility and integrity whose "yes" means "yes" and "no" means "no" - always dressed in "wedding garment" for your banquet in heaven (cf.Mt.22:12-14). Amen.