Friday 12 June 2020

About Today Readings

1 Kings 19:9, 11-16. I long to see your face, O Lord – Psalm 26(27):7-9, 13-14. Matthew 5:27-32.

‘If your right eye should cause you to sin, tear it out’

Today’s readings call us to be attentive, to both our own natures and to God’s ways of making His presence known to us. In the Old Testament God speaks to Elijah not in a powerful wind or a great earthquake but in a gentle whisper. Oftentimes this is how we find God – when we are still and attentive. This stillness helps us to see our deeper motivations and desires as they truly are.

The Gospel speaks of how adultery begins in the heart, how it is our underlying thought patterns and inner habits that end up driving our actions. This applies not only to adultery but to all of the ways in which we detach ourselves from God.

The challenge is not merely to avoid the outward actions but to be deeply attentive to our inner movements. To do this we need to be still and wait for the presence of God to shed light on our inner darkness.

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