You shall not bear false witness

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Is that true?

“Sticks and stones can break my bones…but lies can crack hearts, ruin reputations, vandalize marriages and start riots”

Why does God tell people not to lie? Why is it important to be trustworthy? What about a bit of harmless gossip? Listen to the sermon on the 9th Commandment here. The second reading was from Matthew 18:15-20 and can be found here.