Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
1 The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop,[a] he desires a noble task. 2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, 3 no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way; 5 for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil; 7 moreover he must be well thought of by outsiders, or he may fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8 Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for gain; 9 they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then if they prove themselves blameless let them serve as deacons. 11 The women likewise must be serious, no slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households well; 13 for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to thee, O Lord, I will sing. 2 I will give heed to the way that is blameless. Oh when wilt thou come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; 3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is base. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cleave to me. 5 Him who slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart I will not endure. 6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minster to me.
Reflection for the day: “A little drop of simple obedience is worth a million times more than a whole vase of the choicest contemplation.” – St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi