Friday 18 May 2018

About Today Readings

St John I. Day of Penance.

Acts 25:13-21. Psalm 102(103):1-2, 11-12, 19-20. John 21:15-19.

The Lord has set his throne in heaven. Psalm 102(103):1-2, 11-12, 19-20.

When you were young you walked where you liked: but when you grow old someone will take you …

Transition in life between childhood dependence and adult independence is well documented. But transition from adult independence to dependence in marriage, a religious vow of obedience, illness or old age is less publicised but of equal significance. The latter kind involves surrender to someone or thing beyond our control—and involves trust. This is a key Christian experience and an aspect of Christ’s cross—placing himself in the power of those who hated him. From him we know it leads to growth, to resurrection. Experience of dependence opens us to experience our weaknesses, yet calls us to reach out to others for help. In this way God can enter our lives precisely because we are vulnerable. Let us welcome experiences of dependence as leading us closer to God and one another.

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