8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

“Say yes when you mean yes, no when you mean no!”

That’s wise advice from the Gospel, and what a kinder, more understanding World we might live in if everyone was simply honest with each other. Even though honesty can be brutal, it is the truth that sets us free.

But there is a problem here, and one that daily effects us all and makes for real frustration in people’s lives.

We can be as honest as we want to be, straightforward with one another, open and speak from a healing heart, but do people hear what we are trying to say to them?

So often, people hear what they want to hear, and no matter just how careful we have been to phrase what we are trying to say, often those we are speaking to get the wrong end of the stick, take offense and people get hurt.

In trying to do the right thing, it is the wrong thing that is thrown back at us! Frustration!

Wise people listen, first, reflect, second, and only respond when they are sure that they have assimilated all that has been said.

Isn’t that a kinder way forward.

Just a thought!