Trustworthy Saying

Beloved:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
(1 Timothy 1:15-17)

Scripture Study

1:15 This saying is trustworthy: this phrase regularly introduces in the Pastorals a basic truth of early Christian faith; cf. 1 Tm 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tm 2:11; Ti 3:8.

1:17 King of ages: through Semitic influence, the Greek expression could mean “everlasting king”; it could also mean “king of the universe.”

Scripture Reflection

The point being emphasized here in this pastoral letter is that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. The Apostle has condensed into very few words God’s plan for the redemption of mankind, which he will go on to say more about later. “The mercy of God is infinite,” says St Francis of Assisi, “and, according to the Gospel, even if our sins were infinite, his mercy is yet greater than our sins. And the Apostle St Paul has said that Christ the blessed came into the world to save sinners” (The Little Flowers of St Francis).

This is, in fact, one of the basic truths of faith and appears in the Creed: “For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven”. He came to save us from the only evil, that which can separate us from God—sin. By his victory over sin, Christ gave men and women the honor of being sons and daughters of God; this new character and status equips them to light up the world around them with the brightness of their Christian lives. (St Josemaría Escrivá, Christ Is Passing By)

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

 

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