As God is My Witness

St. Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor


In this age of fake news, we confront the dishonest and the speech that is intended to deceive. It is difficult enough that we cannot blindly trust those we have elected to serve in public office. We are increasingly faced with the challenge to be part of the solution instead of the problem, to be honest and truthful at all times. It takes more work to have to keep our lies and falsehoods consistent in our heads than it takes to be transparent at all times before God and our neighbor. Honesty requires no further explanation. We say what we mean and we mean what we say. But we need to take great care that truth and honesty not be used to do harm to our neighbor, because the Law of Love is a higher law than even the Law of Truth. So we ask for wisdom to know the difference.

Elisha received the call to follow in the footsteps of Elijah. His response was sincere and decisive. He closed off all his other options when he slaughtered his oxen and burned his equipment and fed the poor. We probably need not burn our bridges as decisively, but we are constantly challenged to faithfulness to our commitments to God and to our neighbor. Jesus reminds us that we need not invoke God as a witness to the truth of our words. But if we spoke the truth always, we know God hears us and can tell whether or not we are being truthful.

Above all, God is always faithful to his commitment to us. It is in gratitude for his faithfulness that we strive to be faithful as well, to proclaim his active presence in the world and in our lives. There is no need to invoke God’s name in such a public display. We know God is our witness. There should never be a time when we would fear that God sees everything we do and hears everything we say.

This mass was offered for the repose of +Elizabeth Bruney.

Rolo B Castillo © 2020