I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy. To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in your Cathedral as a sign of a deep desire for true conversion. It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the Profession of Faith (Creed) and with prayer for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.
(Pope Francis, Indulgences for Year of Mercy, September 1, 2015)
October 16, 2016
Exodus 17: 8-13; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3: 14- 4:2; Luke 18: 1-18
Jude Siciliano, OP
From Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy:
"All Scripture is inspired by God, and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction and for training in righteousness."
Paul is writing to Timothy who has responsibility for leadership in the church. For many of us such leadership takes the shape of preaching, administration, liturgical functions, ministry to the sick, dying, poor, imprisoned etc. Paul advises Timothy to grow in faith and remain faithful to what he has learned and believed. He advises that growth has its roots in the Scriptures. What is applicable to Timothy’s faith is applicable to our own.
So we ask ourselves:
- What part do the Scriptures play in my spiritual life?
- What can I do to grow in my knowledge and love of the Scriptures?