Saturday 24 February 2024

About Today Readings

Deuteronomy 26:16–19. Happy are those who follow the law of the Lord! – Psalm 118(119):1–2, 4–5, 7–8. Matthew 5:43–48.

You will be a people holy to the Lord

In today’s first reading, God establishes the covenant with his people. His laws were important then and still are today. We know, though, that much more is required. The Gospel reflects this sentiment by calling us to live in such a way that we truly are a ‘people holy to the Lord’.

God gives the sun and the rain to us all regardless of our actions. Like God, we should live generously and graciously. Until we have a deep sense of God’s love for us, merely obeying the commandments will be our ultimate aim.

One version of the first reading tells us we are ‘specially his own’. A particularly beautiful version calls us his ‘dearly held treasures’. Surely, with this in mind, we can extend ourselves. God is giving us his best today, so how will we respond?

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