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Integrity in Words and Deeds

September 10, Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 & Gospel: Luke 6:43-49

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?”

Concluding his Sermon on the Plain, in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus admonishes his new disciples to show in action what they learn and speak. Their actions reveal what is truly in their hearts and what their characters are. He wants them to be his followers in both deeds and words.

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?” Words are not enough. Our faith must be lived out in all areas of our life - our relationships with the people we encounter every day, in the way we do our ministry works, in the way we manage our material possessions.

So what kind of faith foundation do we have? Do we have a foundation based on Jesus’ teachings of mercy and compassion? And is this foundation strengthened by fully integrating our learnings into our daily lives and actions? Then we may say that we have built a firm foundation, strong enough to withstand any adversities or challenges we may experience. But if Christ’s teachings are not fully integrated through concrete actions, any difficulties we may experience can cause our faith foundation to shake and possibly crumble.

Let us examine our words and actions today.  And let us pray for a discerning heart to help us make the right choices as we build and live out our faith.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.