Monday 27 May 2024

About Today Readings

St Augustine of Canterbury

1 Peter 1:3-9. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever – Psalm 110(111):1-2, 5-6, 9-10. Mark 10:17-27.

God delights in our love

Did you know that Psalm 111 is an acrostic poem, with the first letter of every line being a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet? Cynics will say ‘Why does God need us to praise him all the time? Is he insecure? Does he have a big ego? What is the point of praise if he is all-powerful?’ These cynics are missing an important point. We are in a love-relationship with God.

I definitely do not need another wonkily-folded card adorned with love hearts and clumsily-drawn pictures of me holding hands with my child. I can function just fine without the pasta necklaces and poems that the teacher laminated. It’s not about whether I need them or not.

Songs of praise are our clumsy attempts to reflect love back to our all-loving God. He doesn’t need it, but he delights in it, the way I delight in the little paper heart my child left on my pillow. Even if it does put glitter in my sheets.

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