Remember the days when a man’s word was his bond? These days that seems a bygone era. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of the importance of our words. “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the Evil One.”
In today’s first reading from 2 Corinthians 5, St. Paul writes, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.” Ambassadors for Christ. What is the job of an ambassador? It is to be a go-between; to be a spokesperson for and improve relations between two entities. To further goodwill and promote the interests of the one for whom he or she works. If you think about it, those are perfect job descriptions for us as disciples of Christ!
How are we doing at that job? Are we truly promoting Christ to everyone we meet? Are we furthering goodwill of the Kingdom of God? As Christ’s ambassadors, we need to make sure that we’re bringing the message of our “boss” (Jesus) out into the world. We need to be building bridges of love and compassion. Because there are an awful lot of wounded people who need those things right now.
Father, thank you for the privilege of being ambassadors for Christ. Give us the grace to take that job seriously. Amen.