Saturday 28 January 2023

About Today Readings

St Thomas Aquinas

Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people – Luke 1:69-75. Mark 4:35-41.

Today we pray for peace in our hearts, communities and the world

Saint Thomas Aquinas’ life and work represents a towering achievement in the history of philosophy and theology. The work of his life may be summed up in two propositions: he established the true relations between faith and reason; he systematised theology. He has been described as the Christian Aristotle, and is the patron saint of teachers.

The reading from Mark describes Jesus stilling the storm. He sleeps in the stern of a boat crossing to the other side of the lake. A storm rises, and fearing shipwreck, his companions wake him. He rises and rebukes the wind and stills the sea with the words, ‘Peace! Be still!’ We live in a world of tumult and storm. Pandemics, war, shortages, and economic problems seem to overwhelm hope. Yet how comforting are these words of the Lord to our anxious souls. Let our prayer today be simply to stay a while, with these words of our Lord in our hearts.

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