19TH FEBRUARY, SATURDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.(JAS 3:1-10/ PS 12:2-3,4-5,7-8/MK 9:2-13)
Theme: Guard your tongue
Dearly beloved, in the course of the week St James had journeyed with us, calling on us to be mindful of who we are as Christians. He called on us to do away with discrimination, treat one another with dignity and support our faith with practical evidence by doing good.
Today he calls on all and sundry to guard our tongues, to be mindful of what we say or do with our tongues for the tongue is the smallest part of our body but most powerful which can make or unmake. we use it in praising God and therefore should not be used in a way that will bring shame to God as well.
We are living in a world where we are judged by what we say. People recognize us by our words and actions, we can not praise God with our tongues and still use them dishonestly. The tongue which is used to praise God becomes a dreadful weapon if it is used for gossip, backbiting, spreading untruthful messages about people, etc. Our mission on earth is to be like Christ to our generation, bringing Good news of salvation to all and not scattering the already gathered flock. Many have destroyed the cohesion that exists in the community by their words. Let us remember that the tongue is like fire if not properly controlled it can destroy a very beautiful forest, razing it to ashes.
The good books have this to say about the use of our tongues, “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin." - Proverbs 13:3.
Ephesians 4:29; "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
In Proverbs 18:19; the word of God is clear when it says "A brother who has been insulted is harder to win back than a walled city, and arguments separate people like the barred gates of a palace."
Again Matthew 15:18; says "But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person." and Matthew 12:36; has this to tell us, "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak." So you see why you need to control your tongue?
Let your words bring peace and not war.
+ Rev Fr Maryba Theophilus+