1 Timothy 4:12-16; Psalm 110; Luke 7:36-50
“Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.” A woman of ill-repute in the gospel received a new life. Jesus forgave her many sins because of the love and worship she expressed. She kissed the feet of Jesus; a sign that she regrets and rejects all her past lovers. Every true penitent regrets and rejects his or her past life to pick up a new way of life. Living the new life St Paul tells Timothy in the first reading to be an example in speech and conduct. We must make every effort to love sincerely, reject satan and be an example to others. Today the Church commemorates two friends in the service of Christ and his Church. Pope Cornelius, helped by Cyprian was able to oppose Novatian, the first anti-pope. They were perfect examples of the faith even when it meant their death, they did not deny their God.
LET US PRAY
God our Father, in Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, You have given Your people an inspiring example of dedication to the pastoral ministry and constant witness to Christ in their suffering. May their prayers and faith give us courage to work for the unity of Your Church. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen