St. Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor of the Church
I Kings 19:19-21 + Matthew 5:33-37
June 13, 2020
“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’”
Saturday is the day of the week dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary. We ought, each Saturday morning or afternoon, spend time in devotion to her. One way to foster such devotion is to reflect on the Scriptures from that morning’s Mass in light of Mary’s life and vocation.
In today’s Gospel passage Jesus continues His Sermon on the Mount. We could listen to the entire sermon picturing Our Lady, reflecting upon how she fulfills in her life and vocation everything Jesus is saying.
By way of example, consider Jesus’ fulfillment of this command of the Law: “Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.” Immediately there comes to mind the scene of the Annunciation, and the words that Our Blessed Mother spoke: “I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done unto me according to your Word.”
As Jesus offers His teaching in today’s Gospel passage about how disciples need to be faithful to their word, we can see in Our Lady the fulfillment of the Law. We see in Mary that being faithful to one’s word means being faithful to the Word who became Flesh for us, and who offers us that Gift in the Sacrifice of the Mass.