May the Lord give you grace, peace and health in the Holy Spirit. It is on 07th November 2022. We reflect on Titus 1:1-9 and Luke 17:1-6.
Are we tempted or tempted by others? Are we scandalized or scandalizing?
St. Paul reminds Titus to be a consistent believer, constantly blameless, single-hearted, self-disciplined, self-control, trustworthy, peaceful, uncorrupted, generous, hospitable, prudent, devoted, and have knowledge and belief in the Word of God without falling into temptation and not to lead anyone to be tempted. We all need these noble characters to lead, animate and inspire others. These are the Christo-centric characteristics all of us need to acquire within our lifetime.
There is no measure in forgiving others and being an example in faith. Scandal, unforgiving attitudes and living an unholy life weaken the fabric and foundations of faith. It is not the quantity but the quality of faith that does the miracles. When we become materialistic and money-mindedness, our words, thoughts, and actions suggest, mislead, tempt, or cause others to sin.
The privilege to correct and reprimand is not a merit but a personal responsibility towards humanity. Overstretching it will not bear fruit eventually. It is not enormous faults that only make us fall but those unnoticed and unattended sins that we do casually, usually, and always. Unless we are alert, we might end up doing backup of our all-pasts sins and recycling them for future use.
It is time to do away with the obstacles that enhance the richness of humanity especially community living. The relationship that we have with each other needs to enrich our faith in God. Any signals of relationship that weakens our faith and love for God are gradually corroding our conscience and integrity. May the Lord help us to be an example not an obstacle to the least of our brethren. God bless you.