Sunday 18 June 2023

About Today Readings

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 19:2-6. We are his people: the sheep of his flock – Psalm 99(100):2-3, 5. Romans 5:6-11. Matthew 9:36 – 10:8.

We have been reconciled because of God’s compassion and mercy

The promise to Moses in today’s reading from Exodus is generous in its offer of intimacy. God’s promise is predicated on Israel’s obedience, holding fast. Whereas ‘obedience’ can conjure a sense of alienating authority, ‘hold fast’ might suggest intimacy. A relationship to which Israel, and in time through Jesus, the Church, is called back to. We don’t always hold fast, we sin and slip, but we are invited back.

That invitation is made clear in the way Jesus reconciles us. We are welcomed into relationship through Jesus, not with any illusions of our present perfection but because of God’s compassion and mercy. Thinking of the names of the disciples listed in today’s Gospel conjures this well. These were people broken and in need of reconciliation. Through relationship with Jesus, they become able to reach out themselves to share in his mission of intimate care for those in need. They reconcile.

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