Author: Barbara D. Price (Pennsylvania, US)
I love language. I have studied foreign languages. I have studied prose and poetry, speeches and interviews. One thing I have learned is that language, no matter how beautiful or subtle, is useless if it does not clearly express meaning.
Jesus speaks plainly when he tells us to love one another, to do right by God and our neighbour, and to be kind and compassionate. But sometimes we want to debate the meaning of the word ‘love’, argue about all the ways in which ‘right action’ can be interpreted, or explain why some people are not ‘worthy’ of kindness.
I have learned the less talk the better. All that noise we make is really just the sound of us making excuses. ‘No, Lord, I’m not ready to do that.’ ‘No, Lord, it’s too much to ask.’ ‘No, Lord, I have a few things I want to do first. Just give me some time.’
When Jesus called the disciples, they did not make excuses. They followed. Plain speech demands a clear response. And the Lord does call us—all the time. God is not inviting a discussion; he is merely awaiting our response.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to reflect your love in plain speech and compassionate actions, that we may be your worthy disciples. Amen