Friday 3 February 2017

Fri 3rd. St Blaise; St Ansgar; Day of penance. Hebrews 13:1-8. The Lord is my light and my salvation—Ps 26(27):1-3, 5, 8-9. Mark 6:14-29.

Readings

Herod’s regret.

The delight of Herod’s guests with Salome’s floorshow would have been overturned by what followed. It must have destroyed any party atmosphere. Who would have had the stomach for dessert after that? When Herodias faced Herod that night, her moment of exultation would have turned to wormwood.

The immunity of people ‘above the law’ is short-lived. ‘Sinners’, writes Archbishop Rowan Williams, ‘are people whose lives are in contradiction to the purpose and direction of the universe as its maker intends it.’

How long can we disregard the ‘Wrong Way: Go Back’ sign on the freeway before coming to grief? ‘When a sinner heeds the sign’, says Williams, they become ‘an uncommitted sinner’, and conversion is possible, even imminent.

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