Saturday 9 March 2019

About Today Readings

ST FRANCES OF ROME.

Isaiah 58:9-14. Psalm 85(86):1-6. Luke 5:27-32.

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may be faithful in your sight – Psalm 85(86):1-6. 

‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’

The readings today open our eyes to others who walk a different road from us. They invite us to be open and accepting of all we meet, without judgment. The prophet Isaiah suggests, ‘If you deprive yourself for the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted . . . your darkest hour will be like the noon.’

Luke describes how Jesus continued to associate with people society did not approve of when he attended the feast provided by Levi the tax collector.

Today let us reflect on our views of the people our society chooses to overlook because of their appearance or behaviour. Do we believe prisoners have rights? Are we willing to stop and talk to a beggar on our city streets? Can we be a ‘restorer of streets to be lived in’ as Isaiah suggests?

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