Saturday 9 December 2023

About Today Readings

St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

Isaiah 30:19–21, 23–26. Happy are all who long for the coming of the Lord – Psalm 146(147):1–6. Matthew 9:35 – 10:1, 6–8.

‘When he saw the crowds, he was moved with pity’

The Gospel reading today seems to speak directly to us now. Our society feels lost and aimless. Opposing voices coming from all different angles . . . advertisements seeking to seduce . . . politicians seeking to beguile . . . so-called social media ‘influencers’ trying to add to their followers while condemning and cancelling any voice that challenges. As the Mysterious Man sang in Into the Woods, ‘Where are we to go? / Where are we ever to go?’ The demands mount up: legalise drugs even when they are known to be harmful; permit euthanasia (some say, even of children); question everything; trust no one. No wonder there is a childhood anxiety problem to go with a nationwide epidemic of loneliness and isolation. The scripture today calls for us to pray: pray for a shepherd – for the coming of the True Shepherd.

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