Friday 21 July 2023

About Today Readings

St Lawrence of Brindisi | Day of penance

Exodus 11:10 – 12:14. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord – Psalm 115(116):12-13, 15-18. Matthew 12:1-8.

Marking changes in our lives

The are some events in our lives that are so significant that there is a clear before and after that time. For the Jews it is their salvation from slavery in Egypt; for Christians the death and Resurrection of Jesus at Easter; for my family our arrival as immigrants to Australia; for some their wedding day; for others a new lease on life after addiction or illness. Such events shape our identity and our futures like nothing else. It is as if we entered into a new country (perhaps literally) and from here on we have relied on God to guide us. We need a reminder, a marker in our calendars, so as not to forget, not to take for granted, or undervalue the direction of our lives. It is good to celebrate these events with others, to invite those who have been part of our lives to affirm our blessings.

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