Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 16, A.D. 2005
1 Timothy 6:2-12
Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God"
Jesus taught by doing. He gathered around Him the twelve apostles and they
went forth proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. That news is
proclaimed to this very day. It is proclaimed in the word that is read from
the pulpit. It is proclaimed during the homily that the priest gives to the
people. It is proclaimed in the actions our individual churches take for
the good of the community.
We are part of this proclamation. We are people of the Word. Our lives are
a sign to those around us. As we are loving and giving and accepting, they
begin to see an image of God. As we are harsh and forbidding and
intemperate, we portray quite a different God--one who, in fact, does not
We proclaim God in our daily lives. Is the God we proclaim one of Good
News? Or is He one of harsh judgment and extreme demands? Does He eat with
sinners and talk to publicans as Jesus did? Or does he keep to himself and
only issue forth to make demands or to tell others what they are doing
Let the news we proclaim in our action be the Good News of the Love He has
for all people without exception. Let the light that shines within us be
the true light of Christ, beckoning to those around us, inviting them in.
Lives of the saints:
Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cornelius, pope and martyr
St. Cyprian, bishop and martyr
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