Saturday 27 June 2020

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St Cyril of Alexandria

Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19. Lord, forget not the life of your poor ones – Psalm 73(74):1-7, 20-21. Matthew 8:5-17.

‘I am not worthy to have you under my roof’

Lord, I am not worthy. I cannot think how many times I have thrown these words up to God in prayer. Sometimes in anger, sometimes in dejection, sometimes in fear, often in guilt; seldom in wonder.

Yet, what better and more fitting sentiment to have when uttering these words. For indeed, I am not worthy, I am a sinner, a liar and a coward, yet he grants me the grace to speak, to yearn for and seek him. He, whose power is beyond all understanding, stoops to my nothingness and allows me to beg him for life and healing.

How wondrous it is that he, to whom all creation bows in adoration, should become fixated upon this one lowly creature and speak his true Word of healing. The sublime mercy of God overrides all unworthiness, all anger, shame and guilt.

Jesus, Lord, I am not worthy, yet in mercy come to me.

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