Sunday 11 February 2018

About Today Readings

Week II Psalter. 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. [Our Lady of Lourdes].

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46. Psalm 31(32):1-2, 5, 11. 1 Corinthians 10:31 – 11:1. Mark 1:40-45.

I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation—Psalm 31(32):1-2, 5, 11.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice.

Imagine the absolute joy radiating from the leper after Jesus had healed him. The psalmist, too, speaks of such joy after being rescued by God from his sinful ways.

Such fullness of spirit is not meant to be contained. We are called to pass on this joy to those we meet. Attending a number of wedding ceremonies recently, I was reminded of that initial joy at the newness of marriage. The couples involved were absolutely glowing with happiness.

Of course, not all marriages continue to be filled with such wonderful experiences. In our relationship with God there are also problems along the way. At such times, we need to remember our sense of joy and wonder when God filled us to overflowing with his love for the first time. Those around us will certainly notice!

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