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By Fr. Jhack Diaz
Rev. Fr. Raldy “jhack” Diaz is the first Filipino priest ordained in the Diocese of St. Paul Alberta. Currently, the Pastor of St. Jean de Brebeuf Parish, Mallaig, Alberta.
Gospel: Matthew 28:8-15
Money talks. This is the name of the game in today’s gospel. “The chief priests assembled together with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him while we were asleep.” This is otherwise known as under-the-table-transaction. My dear friends, I don’t know if you noticed this too but when money talks the truth is silent. When money talks nobody notices what grammar it uses. Hey, if money talks, that talk is very cheap. Money can jeopardize the truth but it can’t hide it. Money can proclaim losers as winners but still the truth prevails. Truth is like the sun, you can shut it out for a time but it ain’t going away. Never exchange your dignity, integrity and morals with money. If you have much money don’t use it to spread fake news. Use whatever you have to circulate the truth. You know what, I love listening to lies when I know the truth.
Friends, keep watching because there are so many “users” around us with this kind of behaviour: ‘keep talking and I’ll keep counting.’ Today, we are challenged by the Gospel not to give money the chance and power to hide the truth. Never allow money to push you to have an under-the-table and nocturnal transactions. Rather than money, give me the truth. Nothing but the truth. The truth may hurt a little while but a lie hurts forever. When you tell the truth, you will never be left out. Truth will always be the truth, even if nobody believes it.
Finally, the truth will lead us to the place where Jesus wants to meet us. “Do not be afraid! Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Brethren, where is your Galilee? What is your Galilee? Find it because the instruction of Jesus to meet His disciples in Galilee is an assurance of finding the truth. What kind of truth? The truth that He is risen and alive. The only medium that will transport us in “Galilee” is riding and following the route of truth.