Friday 29 January 2021

About Today Readings

Day of penance

Hebrews 10:32-39. The salvation of the just comes from the Lord – Psalm 36(37):3-6, 23-24, 39-40. Mark 4:26-34.

We are the sort who keep faithful

God does not hold an umbrella over his friends, shielding them from all suffering.

The early Christians, mentioned in the first reading, were persecuted precisely because of their fidelity. God does not promise instant relief. And, in the context of eternity, our sufferings pale – they are only temporary. And, yet, they are important: through them we can win eternal joy.

God allows us to suffer just as he allowed his own son to suffer. We know, as St Paul remarks, ‘that you own something that is better and lasting’. Having shared in the passion of Jesus, we will share in his resurrection. One day, we will feel glad, grateful, about our sufferings. Lord, help me to be at least patient now.

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