Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings


Gratitude is the attitude of everyone. As Christians, gratitude is our attitude, because of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus our Lord. In today’s reading from 1 Timothy, St. Paul is an example of this.

St. Paul had a rough start. He admits he was arrogant, prideful, and a persecutor and blasphemer. He detested the name of Jesus and all who bore witness to it. He would be the last person one would think of as a possible convert.

But God does not think like that.

St. Paul says it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost. But for that reason, I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.” (1 Tm 1:15b-16)

Reflection: God chooses the greatest sinner to make the greatest saint. No one is lost or beyond God’s mercy. What does that mean for us? How shall we treat the people we meet?

Reflection by Br. Luke Kral, OSB

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