Saturday 2 June 2018

About Today Readings

Jude 17, 20-25. Psalm 62(63):2-6. Mark 11:27-33.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God—Psalm 62(63):2-6.

‘Keep yourselves within the love of God.’

Having rejected the prophetic preaching of John the Baptist, the religious leaders demand to know the source of the authority that Jesus claims for himself. It is as if they ask him testily and scornfully, ‘Who do you think you are?’

As on some other occasions, Jesus does not deign to answer them directly but chooses instead to expose their duplicity with the quiet courage that derives from his uniquely intimate relationship with the Father.

How often, thirsting for God, must Jesus have prayed the words of today’s responsorial psalm. Picture him doing so, perhaps alone in a hillside vigil.

Hear them first from his own lips and then repeat them slowly, making them your own.

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