Saturday 3 August 2019

About Today Readings

St Dominic

Leviticus 25:1, 8-17. Psalm 66(67):2-3, 5, 7-8. Matthew 14:1-12.

O God, let all the nations praise you – Psalm 66(67):2-3, 5, 7-8.

‘This fiftieth year you shall make sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants.’

In Leviticus we read of the meaning of the year of jubilee. God asks that every fiftieth year be one of jubilee, wherein we remember and acknowledge that all that we have belongs to God – all our goods, our money, our earth, our children. In pondering this – that all that we have, profit from, enjoy, belongs to God and not to us – how then do we care for what we have? To care lovingly for that which doesn’t belong to us?

This reading from Leviticus is a challenge to us to think differently about ownership. Will we be more grateful for what is given into our care from God? Will we be more generous in our sharing of that which belongs to God? Do we love God enough to have a looser hold and a different understanding of ownership? May we see all our attachments in light of God’s faithfulness.

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