Friday 10 March 2017

About Today Readings

Fri 10th. St John Ogilvie. Ezk 18:21-28. Mt 5:20-26.

In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.

‘If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.’

Don’t be superficial! Lord, is that what you are saying? Is that your eleventh commandment? Sorry, that’s a bitter joke. I can assure you there’s nothing superficial about facing a death sentence – but then again you probably know that. Sorry: I hope that being honest is the opposite of being superficial. And the honest truth is that I’m starting to make weak jokes about my impending devastation. I hope that even grim humour is a sign that I am not completely superficial, a sign of a kind of grace.
The truth is that I’m out of my depth, and I’m realising that it’s part of the human condition to be always out of our depth. Help me to swim in the glorious depths of your infinite Pacific Ocean.

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