Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 9, A.D. 2005
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye?"
The truth of what Jesus says in this gospel passage is an exceedingly hard
one to come to terms with. In our very flawed, very human way, we are all
too ready to look upon the failings of others than we are to look in the
mirror and see our own.
One of the things Jesus tells us here is to purify ourselves, to see
ourselves for what we really are. It is only in the gaze in the mirror that
we become aware of "amazing grace." It is only by knowing ourselves
thoroughly that we can begin to know and understand others.
One of the reasons we are so willing to accuse others is that we know so
little about ourselves. More often than not what enrages or irritates us
about another is our own flaw grown (seemingly large). Jesus offers the
remedy for this--self-awareness. And it is in this self-awareness that
empathy and sympathy for the sinner grows. It is in understanding our own
sinfulness that we become aware of the splendor of the love of God. By
looking in the mirror and seeing our sins, we learn the compassion of Jesus.
Leading others to God rarely starts with haranguing them about their sins
and weaknesses. Although this is sometimes the ploy one must use on the
most hardened cases. More often than not, we open the hardened heart of a
sinner by sitting and listening without judging, without trying to fix all
the problems we are hearing. In short, the solution begins with
unconditional love. And this awareness of our own sinfulness teaches us
compassion and unconditional love.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
St. Peter Claver
Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
(c) A.D. 1991-2003 The Way, The Truth, The Life. Permission granted to make reprints or to post the Daily Meditations on any web page, except for profit.
ARCHIVED Meditations at: ABCs Of Faith
Daily Meditations in Spanish: http://www.daily-meditations.org/SpanishMeditations.html
Daily Meditations in English: http://www.daily-meditations.org/
Please pray the Liturgy of Hours, PC or Mobile Device: http://www.liturgyhours.org/
Please recommend our websites www.abcsoffaith.com and http://www.daily-meditations.org/ to your friends and Catholic webmasters.
See the meditations online at our Blog: http://dailymed.blogspot.com
(c)1986-2004 Reprints permitted except for profit. Credit required.
For all communications, including subscribe/unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org