Friday 30 June 2023

About Today Readings

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome | Day of penance

Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22. See how the Lord blesses those who fear him – Psalm 127(128):1-5. Matthew 8:1-4.

‘Of course I want to! Be cured!’

This is one of the shortest of Jesus’ healing stories. But it can connect with our own small stories of need and supply. First, the man knew what his problem was. Then he had the courage to approach Jesus, and the humility to ask for his need without demanding it. Jesus, then, was delighted and willing to help. Finally, the man was cured. It was a low-key event, with a quiet ending. Perhaps today we can ask ourselves what will help us to flourish more in life. We can place our desire before our God without being attached to the outcome. And if things do change for the better, in whatever way, we can quietly thank God. It might simply be the grace to hold our tongue in a situation or to get through another day. Without song and dance, God is delighted to provide.

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