Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Fest: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1226-+1274) Priest and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Schools
Letter to the Hebrews 10:19-25, Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, & Mark 4:21-25
St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Schools
When we think of January, we think of New Year’s resolutions and our efforts for self-improvement. Today’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews suggests a different spin as we focus on the new year. What if instead of focusing our energies on self-improvement, we focused on community improvement? What if instead of focusing our energies on ourselves, we focused attention on encouraging and supporting others around us?
How would it be if we reflect on the people who have brought out the best in us? How did they rouse us to love and good works? Praise God for the work in your life today. Consider sending a thank-you note to at least one person who has encouraged you and helped you be a more loving person. Your thank-you note may help that person see that their efforts were visible and “brighten the room,” so to speak.
Are we meeting with others to encourage one another? Are we praying for and working toward the growth and development of others? Warning about judging others and seeing a splinter in one’s eye when we have a beam in our own that reminds us that this “rousing” must not be self-righteous. Similarly, if our “rousing” is about self-giving love, then the improvement we desire for others cannot be just something to make our own lives a bit easier. It needs to be encouragement truly in the best interest of helping that person be a self-giving, loving person. How can we rouse one another to love and good works today? Think about it. Better yet, pray about it.
Question of the Day: Will you re-read Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 10:19-25?
Prayer: Lord, let us encourage one another to love and be a people who hold to our confession of hope and longing to see Your face. Amen.