A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

Be grateful, sinner

St. Paul’s words from today’s first reading (1 Tim. 1:1-2,12-14) are a tremendous encouragement to those of us who are painfully aware of our imperfections (I know I am) and also our call to be servants of God’s word.

I am grateful to him
who has strengthened me,
Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.

I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor
and an arrogant man,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted
out of ignorance
in my unbelief.

Indeed, the grace of our Lord

has been abundant,
along with the faith and love

that are in Christ Jesus.