Friday 9 March 2018
St Frances of Rome. Day Of Penance
Hosea 14:2-10. Psalm 80(81):6, 8-11, 14, 17. Mark 12:28-34.
I am the Lord, your God: hear my voice—Psalm 80(81):6, 8-11, 14, 17.
The scribe sees the truth of Jesus’ message and names him ‘Teacher.’
Our whole disposition changes when we move beyond speculative knowledge about God and begin to desire an experience of God’s presence with us. As we attend to the very presence of God in our midst we are invited to acknowledge the ways we are precious in God’s eyes. We come to know a consoling, healing and affirming presence. We may begin to understand that not only does God see me as lovable but as likeable. Likeable enough to want to become human just like me. Likeable enough to call me his friend.
The abiding presence of God within can renew, strengthen and sustain us as persons. God’s care for us can be a reminder that we need to tend the room of the self that God loves. Then we might be able to participate with God in bringing love to our neighbour.