One of the exciting things in life, which many of us have gone through, is learning a bicycle.
These days, bicycles come with a special set of training wheels that are attached to the back wheels.
>> The two little wheels attached to the back wheel are there to help provide balance and confidence to the rider.
But many of us, would have also learnt the bicycle in the old-fashioned way…
… the parent or a friend who ran alongside the one learning, until the rider got under way.
This person, who would be accompanying, would most often say three things, while learning this art of cycling…
1. Always keep the eye on the road…
…to keep the focus
2. Don’t lean to the left or the right side…
… to have proper balance
3. Remember, I am always there with you…
… to feel the confidence and trust
These three principles would help the person to learn quick this art of cycling.
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus presenting an important tool of “cycling through” in our faith: The tool of Focus.
Jesus says: “Let what you say, simply be ‘Yes’ or “No’” (Mt 5:38)
Continuing the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives His instructions to His disciples, on how one should remain “focused in one’s faith”.
The Sermon on the Mount can be also termed as a “Teaching on Challenging Mediocre Lifestyles”.
Jesus, all through the Sermon on the Mount, picks up various topics…
… love for enemies
>> And raises the level of their understanding for a Christian.
Today’s Gospel presents Jesus speaking on the topic of “vows and promises”…
… emphasizing on the aspect of remaining focused and clear, in one’s words and deeds.
“Standing on two boats” is a trend that we find in our modern world…
… people taking double standards in their life in the society outside and life at home inside
… friends changing their loyalties to one another depending on the circumstance and situation, for their own favour
… spouses cheating on one another, for their own selfish and sinful pleasures
Many such examples of people not being “true to their words” makes today’s Gospel extremely relevant in our context.
Jesus categorically declares that for a Christian, there ought to be no “double standards”
… a Yes, ought to be a Sincere Yes
… a No, ought to be a Firm No
>> A Sincere Yes to God… a Firm No to Satan
>> A Sincere Yes to Holiness… a Firm No to Sin
>> A Sincere Yes to the Kingdom of God… a Firm No to the ways of the world
The reason to have this conviction is our Faith and Confidence in the Lord.
>> He is the Lord Who remains the same always: “Jesus Christ, yesterday, today and forever!” (Heb 13:8)
Like the art of cycling…we are given some basic principles…
…the principle to keep focus
… the principle to have a proper balance
… the principle of confidence and trust
We are to learn…
>> To keep focus… by always being sincere and honest in our words and deeds
>> To have a proper balance… by not getting discouraged in the face of any sort of rejection
>> To have confidence and trust in the Lord… Who is with us to lead us by His Providence at all times.
We need to therefore ask ourselves:
>> Am I focusing on sincerity and honesty, in my daily actions and words…
… or do I sometimes take “double-standards”?
>> Am I having the proper balance in living the Christian life even though I face many pressures…
… or do I lose the balance and fall into the pits of lethargy, disappointments and laxity?
>> Am I having the confidence and the trust in the Lord and bank on Him at every turn of life…
… or do I experience perplexities of anxiety, despair and despondency?
The art of “cycling through” in our Faith is exciting.
>> We may feel a little afraid at times…
>> We may sometimes even fall..
But we only need to follow some of the basic principles, coupled with His Grace…
… to be focussed on the Lord alone
… to be balanced in prayer and faithfulness
… to be trusting and being confident in His awesome power
And when we embark on this art…
… Just like a caring parent, who is happy to see one’s child cycling confidently…
… our Heavenly Father will also look at us with much happiness and joy and be proud of us!
Are we ready to “cycling through” in our faith, with our Heavenly Father?
God Bless! Live Jesus!