Yes or no everything else is from the evil one

Yes or No, Everything Else is From the Evil One


There are a couple of wonderful reasons why I do not mind asking for money. First of all, I am asking on behalf of the Bishop and the pastor. I am also asking on behalf of all the poor throughout our diocese. We have 8 counties in our diocese. We just have a wonderful support of Catholic Charities. It has been such an outstanding ongoing tradition. Over 400,000 people every year are going to be served by your generosity.

The second reason I do not mind asking is because I am doing you a favor–right? The Scripture says if you give in this lifetime, God will give back to you 100 times fold in this life and the eternal life to come. I am giving you back 100 fold and eternal life, so I do not mind! Give whatever you want!

But here is the thing. We hear in The Gospel today, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’” If you want to give, that is wonderful. Give. Do not give and stop going to Mass. If you do not have the money then say, “No, I can’t give at this time.”

It is that simple. I love that Jesus says in The Gospel, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No’ and everything else is from the evil one.” That can apply to so many ways and throughout our life. Just take it for example today in giving. Let your “Yes” mean “Yes.”   Give if you want to. Give if you feel God is calling you to give. Give if you can. And let your “No” mean “No.” If you can’t–don’t.

About the Author Fr. Michael Denk

Fr. Michael was ordained into priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland on May 12, 2007. He is dedicated to helping others encounter Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist, preaching, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, spiritual direction, and prayer.

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I'm Father Michael J. Denk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. I am a contributor of content to The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc., a non-profit corporation functioning in accord with the traditions and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The corporation and I are separate, it doesn't speak for me, the parish, or on behalf of the Diocese of Cleveland, and I do not speak for it.