Saturday 10 August 2019

About Today Readings

St Lawrence

2 Corinthians 9:6-10. Psalm 111(112):1-2, 5-9. John 12:24-26.

Happy the merciful who give to those in need – Psalm 111(112):1-2, 5-9.

‘If it dies, it bears much fruit.’

A martyr like St Lawrence has given all. He has truly lost his life in this world only to keep it for eternal life. Lord, you probably won’t require me to lay down my life, even though you do ask it of others today. Nevertheless, that spirit of total giving of self you do ask of me.

The psalmist proclaims: ‘Happy those who are merciful and lend to those in need.’ Giving is not a duty or a chore. Rather, it is a response because we are loved, to the love we have been given. The challenge is to discover joy and happiness in being loved, and in loving and giving.

Today let us ask for the grace of compassion for the people who St Lawrence knew as the ‘treasure of the church’, the poor and discarded of society. And may our compassion lead to action.

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