Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you ever met a flatterer, or people pleaser? One who says what you want to hear but has no intention of following through? Or one who over-promises and under-delivers? It can be challenging to hear the words of Jesus in the parable today about such behaviors.  Despite our best intentions, it is our actions that truly mean more than our words.  There are many reason why we might over-promise, but we are reminded of another saying in the gospels, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No’ ” (Matt 5:37).  This is simply good advice from Jesus the teacher.