Saturday 9 October 2021

About Today Readings

Ss Denis and his Companions

Joel 4:12-21. Let the just rejoice in the Lord – Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 11-12. Luke 11:27-28.

Jesus distinguishes between joy and peace

In this reading I think Jesus is distinguishing between joy and peace. This woman was so moved by what Jesus had done and how he spoke with such truth and clarity, that she spoke up from the crowd regarding the joy Mary must experience in knowing she bore such an amazing son as Jesus. Any mother would think like this I am sure. Jesus’ answer deflected from this though, and focused on His Father, and that true happiness is about not just hearing the word of God, but obeying it. To me, a child brings joy, but knowing the Father, and living the way of the Father, brings peace, deep peace. Jesus, in our search for peace, bless us with the ability to make space for God in our lives along with the strength to live obediently under His gaze. Amen.

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