Daily Reflection for Monday, September 13, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
Gospel: Luke 7:1-10
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings, and all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
The common subject in both the first reading and the Gospel refers to those who have power and authority over people, kings and the wealthy.
Timothy is asking the early Christian community to pray for everyone saying this is good and pleasing to God who wants everyone (from kings to slaves) to be saved and know the truth. He then states that truth, “There is one God. There is also one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as ransom for all.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6a
Jesus gave himself for all. Everyone. That is very inclusive. There are many people in this world. Many races, religions, cultures, many wealthy and poor, many powerful and many disenfranchised. We are to pray for everyone. Those above us and those below us. Our friends, enemies, those who think like us and those we don’t understand.
The Gospel tells of the powerful centurion who humbled himself before Jesus to save a slave, saying, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof.” Jesus is amazed at the Centurion’s humble faith.
Dear readers, you and I fit into both of these readings.
As Christians, we are called to pray for EVERYONE and ALL in authority. Timothy doesn’t say pray for leaders (kings) who are just and righteous, those who are Christian or who act as we would like. He says ALL in authority so that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in devotion and dignity.
We are also powerful like the centurion. We have personal power, control over our own lives, freedom to choose how we live. Our actions affect those who have less power. There are always people who have less than we. Their power may be diminished by physical or mental health, age, lack of knowledge, experience, and trauma.
Clearly, I need to change my prayers. How about you?
Blessings to you,