Friday 10 February 2017

Fri 10th. St Scholastica. Day of penance. Genesis 3:1-8. Happy are those whose sins are forgiven—Ps 31(32):1-2, 5-7. Mark 7:31-37.

Readings

‘Astonished beyond measure’.

Jesus often surprised people – healing Gentiles, dining with tax collectors, forgiving prostitutes. He can surprise us too by calling us to himself and using us to advance his kingdom on earth.

Why are we often ‘astonished beyond measure’ at the work of the Lord? Perhaps we have heard of the conversion of a hardened criminal or a miraculous healing from cancer. Perhaps we have seen a family member who was far from God return to him. These manifestations of Gods power are wonderful and we rejoice in them. Should they surprise us? Perhaps. But they should remind us of a truth we should already know: ‘Nothing is impossible to God’ (Luke 1:37).

Lord Jesus help me to recall the times you have surprised me and the wonders you have accomplished in my life, knowing that best is yet to come!

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