(Pope Francis, Indulgences for Year of Mercy, September 1, 2015)
October 23, 2016
Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-18; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8. 16-18; Luke 18: 9-14
Jude Siciliano, OP
From today’s second Letter of Paul to Timothy:
"The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.
to him be glory forever and ever. Amen"
Paul’s trust in God isn’t based on his own merits, but on the Lord who, "will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom." Like the tax collector in today’s gospel, Paul is not the subject of the sentence, he is the object, that is, the recipient of Christ’s graciousness.
So we ask ourselves:
- Do I subtly take credit for my good works, or do I see God as their source?
- What are my gifts to offer in God’s service? Do I acknowledge and thank God for them.