Wis 11: 22 – 12: 2 If we look with eyes of love at Creation, we will always be able to see the hand of God at work within it. Everything that is good comes from God and in that sense carries the spark of God within it. This is true of all people no matter what they have done. No one ever loses the reality that they have been created in the image and likeness of God. This is our fundamental human dignity, something that we must be prepared to preserve at all times.

 

Jesus, help me to be able to see beyond the sin in a person’s life to the image of you within. Help me to forgive and to serve others so that they can grow in the way they reflect you to the world.

 

2 Thes 1: 11 – 2: 2 There were people deliberating working against what Paul was doing in evangelizing the people of Thessalonika. The same is true today – there are powers at work in the world, mostly human but at times otherwise, trying to counteract all that the Church is doing to proclaim the Gospel. Being aware of this is the first step towards being able to effectively counter what they are doing. Let us be committed in striving to do the work of the Gospel at ever opportunity.

 

Holy Spirit, help me to be able to discern between the good and bad at work in my life. Help me to accept and foster the former and reject the latter.

 

Lk 19: 1-10 Zacchaeus desires to make restitution for the wrong he knows he has done in the past! This is an admirable decision to make and to prove his sincerity he decided to pay back far greater than that which he stole from others. Even so, this will be little comfort to those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by his past greed. This is why it is important for us to avoid sin in the future – not allowing its evil consequences into existence in the first place, rather than simply being satisfied with repentance and restitution after the fact!

 

Holy Spirit, help me to have the courage and strength to deny sin and temptation any part in my life at all.