Friday 2 June 2023

About Today Readings

Ss Marcellinus and Peter | Day of penance

Ecclesiasticus 44:1, 9-13. The Lord takes delight in his people – Psalm 149:1-6, 9. Mark 11:11-26.

Christian life is about forgiveness

Jesus knew that sometimes people can be manipulated at the level of their faith. The traders in the temple were like this. They were profiting from the fact that ordinary people wanted to improve their relationship with God by making offerings. The chief priests and scribes seem to have been in on the deal, probably making a few dollars as well. Jesus was upsetting the status quo and so they start to plan his downfall. The same thing still happens. There are charlatans all over the world who promise miracles and heaven knows what else to those who contribute to churches that are really businesses. They exploit vulnerable people. Jesus tells his followers that they have resources within themselves. If they truly believe in the power of their own prayer, they can find freedom. Christian life is not about buying and selling. It is about forgiving and being forgiven.

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