But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine. Tell the older men to be temperate, serious, prudent, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.
Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today’s first reading invites us to live “temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age.” That can seem, and perhaps truly is, a tall order. Where, in your life, right now, might you be called to greater temperance? Where is justice needed in your life? Where, and with whom, could you be more devout? Temperance invites us to enjoy God’s creation, but responsibly. Justice invites us to do our part to ensure the fair treatment of others. Devotion opens us up to a greater love, a selflessness that is all giving and life giving.
What indulgences might you be invited to scale back today or in the coming days? What justice issue may need your time and attention? How can you better use your voice for the good of others? How might a greater devotion lead to a happier, healthier, and more holy you? Take time in prayer today to consider these questions.
Give me only your love and your grace.
With these I am rich indeed, and need nothing more.
—St. Ignatius Loyola