Scripture: 1st Reading: Wis1,1-7; Resp. Psalm: Ps139,1-10; Gosp. Accl.: Phil2,15-16; Gospel: Lk17,1-6
The word of God today is very clear about our responsibility in faith towards our brothers and sisters. As believers, we form a large family irrespective of race, culture, language and tongue. If we are all children of the same Father by virtue of our adoption through the Son, then the word today tells us that there are actions and ways of behaviour that must not be found in our midst.
Our Lord today in His teaching makes it abundantly clear that we must not be the cause of someone's fall into temptation. We must not lead someone else to sin against God. He taught us to rebuke the brother who sins against us in brotherly affection. Our Lord continues by teaching us that we should forgive the one who wrongs us, even when he continuously wrongs and asks for forgiveness from us.
These ways of behaviour that are different from the ways of the world, would only be possible to someone if he has faith. With faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, it becomes possible to forgive totally from the heart and reconcile without counting the cost and without making the offender pay for what he has done.
The other virtues that we must cultivate are stated in the first reading today. The word teaches us that we should love righteousness, think of the Lord with sincerity and seek Him with sincerity of heart. It teaches us to seek the Lord with sincerity of heart so that we could find Him. We must keep our souls from deceit and our bodies from sin, otherwise wisdom will not dwell within us.
Every day, the word of the Lord calls auto action. The word challenges us to reflect on particular areas of our lives that need improvement and act on them. May we become docile to the word and thus win life.
Let us pray: O God our heavenly Father, we thank you for the power of your word. Give us your grace to follow the teachings of your word today. Give us courage to put them into practise in our encounters with our brothers and sisters this day so that we could truly become the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.