Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
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St. Paul reminds us today that the grace of Our Lord has been wonderfully abundant in our daily living. Because of God’s good grace we gain perspective and insight. Going a step further, such personal insight can help me notice and deal with those “wooden beams and splinters” in my own eyes. Perhaps such reflection can then help me understand more clearly just how to go about removing those “beams and splinters” in my attitudes and actions, my prejudices and selfish habits.
The beginning of the school year offers a great time for such reflection: how do I want to come across to others this weekend? What sharp edges of my conversation and daily actions need attention? How can I listen more closely to others rather than simply spouting off my personal opinions? In the process, can I pay more attention to the Lord who counsels me, “who even at night directs my heart.”
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
O Lord, you are my allotted portion and my cup,
it is you who hold fast my lot.
I set the Lord ever before me;
with God at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.