Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 17, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For many of us the gospel for today brings back memories of our First Holy Communion Day and the traditional hymn, "O Lord, I Am Not Worthy."
We know the story of Christ healing the slave of a centurion. The centurion approaches Christ before He reaches the house of the centurion, who says "I am not worthy that you come to my house, but just say the word and my servant will be healed." (Luke 7:7) The centurion demonstrates great humility and faith. Christ is moved with compassion and heals the servant from a distance.
May we never lose this sense of humility as we approach the table of the Lord, or come before Him in prayer. Christ is our friend, by His own declaration, but not our casual "buddy." We need to approach Christ with respect and awe. Our culture has become so casual, that we need to pause and think about this sometimes.
Although we see people demonstrate a sense of awe and wonder when they look at a newborn child, they often do not have that same sense of awe when looking upon a person of middle age or the later years. What has changed? If anything, there might be more awe and wonder as we reflect on the life of those individuals!
When we go back to the first reading from Timothy we are impressed with his greeting: "Beloved." (1 Timothy 2:1) Timothy seemed to hold his peers in great awe and respect. Where has this gone today?
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS --
Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor of the Church
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