Friday 13 October 2023
Day of penance
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2. The Lord will judge the world with justice – Psalm 9A:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9. Luke 11:15-26.
The Day of the Lord is coming
In the first reading from Joel, the coming of the Lord, the presence of the heart of God, seems to reveal our own inadequacy. We may notice not so much the light, but what the light reveals inside us. We may forget the light, overcome by the sight of so many shadowy efforts. We may not feel whole. We may become dark in mood, gloomy of heart and live blindly in the cloud of disappointment, fearful of what God’s love might do to us.
Jesus, you did not come with punishment to people who cried out to you as your light revealed their sackcloth feelings. Your day was and is a day of freedom. As we recognise our need of you, you joyfully wash us, nourishing us with your life. In you all our devilish feelings find healing and acceptance.