Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of the 6th Week of Epiphany: Year 1
Morning, Psalm 97, 99, ; Evening, Psalm 94:
Isaiah 63:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:8; Mark 11:12-26:
“Having faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith” (1st Timothy 1:19)
Before we start to ponder about the word conscience, let us examine it. Conscience means a sense of right and wrong: the sense of what is right and wrong that governs somebody’s thoughts and actions, urging him or her to do right rather than wrong.
Paul says that by rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith. Faith, for me is believing. Believing has to do with my understanding of a Holy and Good Presence – that is, God. Is Conscience taught to us, or placed in us by divine intervention? In any case Paul suggests that there is a strong correlation between conscience and faith. Conscience affects faith, or rather, our faith affects our conscience. If we believe that God is, and that God is good, and that God also wants us to be good, then we should not reject our guiding conscience, our moral compass, and thus not suffer shipwreck in the faith.
Happy Valentines Day to All
Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, Turkey and Syria.
As we listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to us, let us live to love and serve, and to teach others to love and serve, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John