Friday 29 December 2017

About Today Readings

St Thomas A’beckett.

1 John 2:3-11. Psalm 95(96):1-3, 5-6. Luke 2:22-35.

Let heaven and earth exult in joy!—Psalm 95(96):1-3, 5-6.

There is authority and joy in authenticity.

I think Pope Francis may have had these readings

in mind when he wrote ‘The Joy of the Gospel’.

1 John reminds us that you cannot proclaim a love

of God and not love your neighbour. In other words, we must live lives of integrity and authenticity. Reading the Gospels and coming to know the ways of Jesus keeps us in the light. With this light comes an authority. We are authentic and with this comes

a certain simplicity, equanimity and joy.

The authority that comes from one who lives a

life consistent with the Gospels is palpable. These people radiate a lightness of being because they are who they were called to be. This keeps them away from the darkness of sin and the shadow of uncertainty. In Luke’s Gospel we see that Jesus

had this radiance even as a young child.


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