Sunday 21 February 2021

About Today Readings

Genesis 9:8-15. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant – Psalm 24(25):4-9. 1 Peter 3:18-22. Mark 1:12-15.

We pray, Lord, bring your light

Today’s readings capture fundamental antitheses we find in life: the dark and the light, temptation and liberation, justice and injustice – but then, Divine surprise. In the wake of disaster, God provides salvation. In Genesis, after the flood, God opens the skies with light, colour – hope; an ‘everlasting covenant’. In Mark, we find Jesus in the desert, ‘with the wild beasts’ … ‘tempted by Satan…’; but, in a flash of time, later, ‘The time is fulfilled … the kingdom of God has come near!’ Again, light beyond darkness. And in the letter of Peter, perhaps the greatest surprise of all is magnificently recalled: Jesus died ‘for all, the righteous for the unrighteous….’ Nor has he merely died, as if he were some hapless lamb dragged to the slaughter: he has provided ‘baptism’, ‘an appeal to God’ – resurrection. Triumph. Weakly as sinners we pray, Lord, bring your light – quickly!

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