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Thursday 23rd May, 2013
Ecclesiasticus 5:1-8. Happy are they who hope in the Lord. Ps 1:1-4, 6. Mark 9:41-50.

  
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Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.

Salt has a way of making things more palatable, and the way we treat others serves to make life more peaceable. The giving of a cup of water is a simple gesture but it needs to be done with love, for it is possible to give without loving, though impossible to love without giving.

To be at peace with others calls us to be a stepping stone for them, not a stumbling block. A stumbling block constantly criticises, ignores and excludes, tears down ideals or destroys dreams. On the other hand, when we boost someoneís self-confidence or help uncover anotherís hidden talents, when we accept where others have rejected another person, then we become a stepping-stone, bringing a little light into the darkness of the world. Lord, grant us compassion for our fellow pilgrims.

 

 

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