Friday 24 November 2023

About Today Readings

Ss Andrew Dung-Lac & Cc | Day of penance

1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59. We praise your glorious name, O mighty God – 1 Chronicles 29:10-12. Luke 19:45-48.

The people hung on his words

Jesus’ actions led him to being open to plots by those out to destroy him. But those he had been sent to listened to all he told them. They were encouraged, comforted, challenged and healed. How often, when reading the scriptures, does a word or phrase resonate so strongly it stays in our minds for days? Henri Nouwen describes this as ‘not just receiving useful data – but something happens’.

These are words to live by, just as the words Jesus spoke to the sick and marginalised in his community were for them. We all have phrases from Jesus’ story that echo in our hearts, and we try to live them out in our daily lives. Lord, help me to listen to you this day.

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