“Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Although our Gospel passage today is quite small, it packs a punch! It should not amaze any of our readers how often people use words and have no intention of following through with promises or even doing anything more than offering empty compliments that go nowhere. This is not of God or the ideal or natural approach to the great gift of speech and communication that we have been given. The situation in our Gospel of today reminds us that actions speak louder than words, among other things. Think of the people in your life that you can truly count on whenever necessary.
“The heavens and the earth quake, but the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the children of Israel.” The selection we have from the prophet Joel gives us an even more powerful incentive to practice integrity of speech and action. When we give our word when we make promises, and we extend our trust in the commitments we make, we have the opportunity to confirm who we are in this world: we belong to Christ!
“People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach.” David A. Bednar