Monday 30 September 2019
Zechariah 8:1-8. Psalm 101(102):16-21, 29, 22-23. Luke 9:46-50.
The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory – Psalm 101(102):16-21, 29, 22-23
‘I will be their God in faithfulness and integrity’
Today we remember St Jerome, scripture scholar, educator and writer, who translated the Bible into Latin. Recently, a child preparing to celebrate her First Communion and Confirmation wrote this prayer: ‘Dear God, full of faith. Thank you for helping me through the tough times. Amen.’ This lovely prayer of trust, gratitude and belief mirrors the assurance we are given at the end of the reading from Zechariah today: ‘They shall be my people and I will be their God in faithfulness and integrity.’
This child knows God is faithful. Hence the simple statement of ongoing trust that God helps her through the tough times. Jesus’ disciples argue about who is closest to him, yet we are all close to God, even those not of the Christian family who also live with integrity. Come Holy Spirit, renew the hearts of your people, and kindle in them the fire of your love.