Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 12, A.D. 2002

Titus 2:1-8,11-14
Psalm 37:3-4,18,23,27,29
Luke 17:7-10

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"For the Grace of God has appeared, saving all . . . "

The first part of this letter instructs us to behave well. We are models. We are models to our children, first and foremost, and to those around us. When our children have other children visit, we are models to them. We are models to our co-workers and to those we mentor in any way. And what we want to model is the exemplary behavior of the person who knows that while yet in sin, he has been given the greatest gift possible--eternal life.

God, in the Person of Jesus Christ, came and died on the Cross expressly for the purpose of cleansing a people for Himself. Ideally, that people should make up all the people of Earth. Jesus died for all. Some refuse to accept the gift, some misunderstand, others reject it outright. Our children could come to be one of these if what we model for them is hypocrisy, hatred, unhappiness, and a sullen adherence to 'rules.'

What we have been given is the joy of Jesus Christ. In our behavior, in our interactions with others, and most especially in our interactions with people who have no relationship or a very weak relationship with our glorious Savior, we should strive always to reflect that joy and light. In all that we do, recall that we are a people redeemed from the slavery of the harshest taskmaster in this world (ourselves) and the most horrid taskmaster of the other.

Praise God for His loving kindness.

- JuandelaCruz TOCarm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr


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