Saturday 12 August 2017

About Today Readings

St Jane Frances de Chantal.

Deuteronomy 6:4-13. Psalm 17(18):2-4, 47, 51. Matthew 17:14-20.

I love you, Lord, my strength — Psalm 17(18):2-4, 47, 51.

‘Because you have so little faith.’

In sports, they often talk about a player entering ‘the zone’. It’s the point where years of practice and repetition coalesce, where the skills required to do what needs to be done to win come so naturally the person doesn’t even need to think about it. A great basketballer in ‘the zone’ might seem unable to miss, a great AFL footballer in ‘the zone’ might seem to be getting the ball at will. When asked afterwards, very often they won’t be able to describe what happened – they did it without even thinking about it.

I wonder sometimes if that’s where our years of practicing our faith leads us – to a place where we can live with Christ unthinkingly, our actions and words effortlessly following his example. I pray today that this state of grace might be available to me at some point in my life.

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