Saturday, November 09, 2019
MONDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martin of Tours, Bishop
Wis 1: 1 – 7 / Lk 17: 1 - 6
Born in Hungary, St. Martin (316 – 397), Bishop of Tours, formerly a soldier, is popularly featured on horseback sharing his tunic with a beggar. He is the first non-martyr saint in the Western Church.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Wis 1: 3 – 5
Crooked thinking distances you from God, and his Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish.
Wisdom does not enter the wicked nor remain in a body that is enslaved to sin. The Holy Spirit who instructs us shuns deceit; it keeps aloof from foolishness and is ill at ease when injustice is done.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 1 – 6
Jesus said to his disciples, "Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who has brought it about. It would be better for that one to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck. Truly this would be better for that person than to cause one of these little ones to fall.
"Be careful. If your brother offends you, rebuke him and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in a day but says to you seven times: 'I'm sorry,' forgive him."
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." And the Lord said, "If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree: 'Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea,' and it will obey you."
In the first reading we are taught that, if we wish to serve God, we need wisdom: "Crooked thinking distances you from God, and his Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish."
If we wish to be followers of Christ, we must be Christ-like. In the Gospel reading Jesus tells us not to scandalize or lead others to sin and to have faith which can literally move mountains: "If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree: 'Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea,' and it will obey you."
We should not be obstacles to those who wish to follow the Lord. By showing good example we help and lead others to God. Let us be conscious how our actions affect others, for ill or good.
Jesus tells us to be forgiving of those who have wronged us: "If your brother offends you, rebuke him and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in a day but says to you seven times: 'I'm sorry,' forgive him."
In the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis reminded us: "God does not get tired of forgiving us; it is we who get tired of asking forgiveness from him."
FINALLY, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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