Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 18, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The Gospel tells us that Jesus came to call sinners not the
self-righteous. Sometimes we are unable to judge others impartially,
conjuring opinions of a person by simply seeing them and not even
knowing them. Consider that Jesus taught crowds of people as they
flocked about Him. That was His mission: to teach, heal and save - not to judge.
Whenever we catch ourselves forming an opinion about someone that we
live or work with, we should carefully ask ourselves: 'What would
In today's fast world, we don't take the time to get to know who a
person really is. We simply make excuses that we don't have the time
to deal with people to whom we are not related. When Jesus sat and
ate with the tax collectors and sinners, He was criticized by people
who complained to His disciples.
Let us ask ourselves: What do we do when we want to bring someone
closer to Jesus? Do we sit and eat with them? Do we listen carefully
to them? Do we teach by example? As the new Church year begins let us
resolve to do more to help others grow closer to Jesus.
Give us the wisdom to know what to say and do,
to lead your people to a new
and wonderful relationship with God. Amen.
- Deacon Bill Powers (email@example.com)
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