Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 13, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Saint Paul entrusted to Timothy the role of appointing priests and bishops so that the teachings of Jesus Christ may be properly taught to the people. Now St. Paul is very specific about what kind of person he wishes to be the priests. “Blameless, married only once, with believing children who are not accused of licentiousness or rebellious.” (see Timothy 1:5-6) For the bishops who have a greater responsibility, much more is expected of them. “Be blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as taught” (see Timothy 1:7-8) Note that it was neither brains nor individual talents but the size of the individual’s faith which was supported by his actions of love. For one cannot consistently be all that St. Paul asks, without God being a part of their lives.
In today’s Gospel Jesus alludes to the severity of sin which explains why St. Paul wanted those to lead Jesus’ flock to have great faith and little sin. “It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones sin.” (Luke 17:1)
Therefore it is for the betterment of the individual to be rebuked if he should sin. But Jesus is as always merciful and kind; He instructs that if a person were to sin seven times he is to be forgiven. In the Bible the number seven is a perfect number. Therefore Jesus is telling us that it is irrelevant the number of times that we sin as long as we repent with a contrite heart; for each one of them, God will forgive us.
The disciples, just as St. Paul, knew that to achieve a blameless life it must be accompanied by faith and that is why they asked God to increase our faith. Let us ask God to increase our faith, because if our little faith can uproot a mulberry tree and be planted into the sea, imagine what wonders God may achieve through us if it were to grow—sanctity.
Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin
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