In the book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz presents a practical guide to personal freedom. The first of the Four Agreements is: Be Impeccable with Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. For most of us, this may be very difficult. In our Gospel today, Jesus takes us deeper! Not only are we to keep our word, now we are asked to keep His Word! That is, to live the way he lived!

In order for us to live Christ’s word, we are promised an Advocate, a divine, indwelling presence through which we are able to live and love as Jesus himself did.

To keep His word, we open our hearts to his presence, allow him to change us.

In Jesus, the lame walked, the oppressed rejoiced, the poor had the Good news preached to them. If we are to keep Jesus’ word, then our lives are to be characterized by a speaking and doing that brings about transformation.

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