32nd Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 13th November 2023

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32nd Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 13th November 2023

Wis. 1:1-7; Ps. 138:1-3,4-6,7-8,9-10;
Lk. 17:1-6 (Ps. Wk. IV)

In today’s Gospel reading, we see how Jesus instructed His disciples on scandals, forgiveness and the power of faith.

On ‘scandals’ Jesus warned the disciples that they had to be on their guard lest they became the source of scandal for others, especially the ‘little ones’ who are helpless and defenceless (Lk. 10:21). If our Christian living is not authentic, it can be scandalous to others, and be unfaithful to Christ.

On ‘forgiveness’, Christian disciples should never limit forgiveness to the repentant one, no matter how often he has sinned. The expression ‘seven times’ means without limit. By this, we are to offer forgiveness instead.

Thirdly, Luke brings together the importance of Christ’s teaching on ‘Faith’. By this, genuine faith, even of the size of the smallest seed, such as the mustard seed, will be able to produce fruits and do wonders. This is the response we are called to be Good News we have received. Without ‘faith’, it is impossible to see God’s hands in all events of our lives.

In today’s responsorial psalm (Psalm 138), we have the assurance of God’s all-knowing and embracing love for each of us. This helps to increase our faith in the Lord.

“Lord, thank You for Your unconditional love; grant that You will increase our faith to become  authentic disciples, living in Your mercy and love.”

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