Friday 26 June 2020
Day of penance
2 Kings 25:1-12. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! – Psalm 136(137):1-6. Matthew 8:1-4.
‘If you want to, you can cure me’
How can we rejoice in a strange land? So, the psalmist sings. What will our songs mean if we can no longer see our inspiration? Can we remember? Our only joy is lost to us in exile. So now, in bare remembrance of days in God’s persistent presence, we remain.
Yet the streets of Jerusalem were tended to in Israel’s absence. The poor, the lepers who were left there because they are nothing, they remained. It was their lack of status that kept them in the city. Who kept the city safe but the ones who were lost to it in times of plenty?
When Christ appeared and healed the lepers, he preserved the preserved, saved the saved, found the found. What a strange world.
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