Friday 13 September 2019

About Today Readings

St John Chrysostom. Day of penance
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14. Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-8, 11. Luke 6:39-42.
You are my inheritance, O Lord – Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
‘First take the log out of your own eye’

Jesus is teaching honesty and integrity in today’s gospel. We are much more comfortable to pick apart others’ characters and perceived flaws than to stop and look within ourselves. We are challenged by Jesus, however, to look within first, and to model our lives on him—to become like the teacher.

This was the kind of internal change Paul experienced also. Once confronted by the presence of Christ and the truth of his message, Paul’s entire life journey was changed. In his writing to Timothy, Paul expressed gratefulness for God’s transforming mercy and affirmed Timothy in his own faith journey.

How often do we allow God to transform us? Are we willing to change our plans if God asks something different of us? Do we look beyond ourselves with eyes ready to affirm others? Today let us face the truth of our own flaws and ask to receive God’s mercy.

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