Thursday, April 23, 2015



                   A catechist told his students, “Children, next Sunday, we will learn about a very important quality of Christian life. Please come prepared for the class by reading chapter No. 17 of the Gospel according to St. Mark.” The students readily agreed.
                  The next week, the catechist asked, “I had given you homework last week. Those who have read that chapter may please raise their hands.” Most of the students gladly raised their hands. He told them, “Today we will learn about truthfulness. You have proved that you need this class because the Gospel of St. Mark contains only SIXTEEN chapters!” The students who raised their hands felt ashamed.
                 We should speak only the truth. When words are manipulated to get our own way, even deviating from truth and righteousness, we go wrong. Jesus taught us, "Just say 'Yes' or 'No' - anything else you say comes from the evil one" {Matthew 5: 37}.
                 Honesty is the best policy. It is a good rule that we should be faithful and truthful in every action - both big and small. 
                 A true Christian should not tell a lie even if telling the truth may cause loss, suffering or pain. We should not tell a lie even if telling the lie may give us money, power or pleasure. St. Paul advises, "No more lying, then! Everyone must tell the truth to his fellow-believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ" {Ephesians 4: 25}.
                “Lying is an ugly blot on a person’s character, but ignorant people do it all the time. A thief is better than a habitual liar, but both are headed for ruin. A liar has no honour. He lives in constant disgrace.” {Sirach 20:24-26}. “Honest people will lead a full, happy life” {Proverbs 28:20}. Jesus said, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" {John 8: 32}.
                The Bible reminds us, "The Lord sees everything you do. Wherever you go, he is watching" {Proverbs 5: 21}."The Lord sees what happens everywhere; He is watching us, whether we do good or evil" {Proverbs 15: 3}.


© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School,  Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Alfeen Public School, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India.  For more moral stories, parables and anecdotes for students, catechists, teachers and preachers, kindly visit our web-sites:
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