Saturday 10 September 2022

About Today Readings

1 Corinthians 10:14-22. To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise – Psalm 115(116):12-13, 17-18. Luke 6:43-49.

Grateful to be at the table

When Jesus talks about the produce of good and bad trees, of good and evil hearts, he seems to be saying something about authenticity, conviction and integrity. That no matter what we say or how we act, if our words and behaviour do not draw from our hearts, those words and actions will feel hollow. It’s hard to ‘be’ for others what we aren’t committed to nourishing within ourselves. Paul’s reminder to the Corinthians tells us that following Christ, this radical way of love, requires total commitment. For Paul, when sitting at the table to drink of the cup, there’s no hedging bets, no distraction of other ‘idols’. So often we’re overstretched and exhausted, busy making choices and back-up plans, attempting to manage and control our lives.

I can imagine then, with a sense of relief and surrender the act of sitting at the table, grateful to be exactly where I am in that moment. And then to hope and believe, with hospitality and from the abundance of an honest heart, that I will speak kindly and listen compassionately to those seated around me.


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