Reject godlessness and worldly desires, embrace order in an expression of Love.

Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 492
Reading 1 Ti 2:1-8, 11-14
Beloved:

You must say what is consistent with sound doctrine,

namely, that older men should be temperate, dignified,

self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.

Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior,

not slanderers, not addicted to drink, 

teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women

to love their husbands and children,

to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers,

under the control of their husbands,

so that the word of God may not be discredited.
Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,

showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect,

with integrity in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech 

that cannot be criticized,

so that the opponent will be put to shame

without anything bad to say about us.
For the grace of God has appeared, saving all

and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires

and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,

as we await the blessed hope,

the appearance of the glory of the great God

and of our savior Jesus Christ,

who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness

and to cleanse for himself a people as his own,

eager to do what is good.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29
R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Trust in the LORD and do good,

that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.

Take delight in the LORD,

and he will grant you your heart’s requests.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

The LORD watches over the lives of the wholehearted;

their inheritance lasts forever.

By the LORD are the steps of a man made firm,

and he approves his way.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Turn from evil and do good,

that you may abide forever;

The just shall possess the land

and dwell in it forever.

R. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.

Alleluia Jn 14:23
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Whoever loves me will keep my word, 

and my Father will love him, 

and we will come to him.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 17:7-10
Jesus said to the Apostles:

“Who among you would say to your servant

who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,

‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?

Would he not rather say to him,

‘Prepare something for me to eat.

Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.

You may eat and drink when I am finished’?

Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?

So should it be with you.

When you have done all you have been commanded, say,

‘We are unprofitable servants;

we have done what we were obliged to do.’

Reflection

Reject godless ways and worldly desires, and live temperately, justly, and devoutly.” –Titus 2:12
In the first two verses of the Bible, God is described as creating the beauty and harmony of the heavens and earth by bringing order into “a formless wasteland” and “the abyss” (Gn 1:2). Order is what makes things beautiful. Order is an expression of love, while disorder is destructive, even abusive. Thus, we can see how blessed we are because Jesus has left us peace, that is, shalom-order, in His last will and testament (Jn 14:27).
Our churches are meant to be beautiful and harmonious creations of God’s love. This does not refer primarily to the church building but to the people of the Church and their relationships. The pastor needs to have good relationships with the old and young men of the parish so he can tell them how to live in godly order (Ti 2:2, 6). Husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the Church (Eph 5:25). Older women should, by their example, teach younger women how to love (Ti 2:3-4). When our relationships are in godly order, the Church is beautiful. Then, even in the chaos which re-entered the world through sin, the earth is re-created by the Holy Spirit (see Ps 104:30), Who is not a God of confusion but of shalom-order (see 1 Cor 14:33).
PRAYER: Father, order my life to make it beautiful for You.

PROMISE: “Trust in the Lord and do good, that you may dwell in the land and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart’s requests.” –Ps 37:3-4

PRAISE: Laura uses her nursing skills to voluntarily care for the needs of several paraplegics.

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