Sunday 21 June 2020

About Today Readings

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 20:10-13. Lord, in your great love, answer me – Psalm 68(69):8-10, 14, 17, 33-35. Romans 5:12-15. Matthew 10:26-33.

‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body’

The readings today strike at the heart of so many of us. Can we really have the courage to speak out in the name of the Lord? Jeremiah had every reason to clam up – even his ‘friends, he says, were waiting for him to slip up, so they could take their revenge on him. What a detail to include!

Enemies, one could understand, but friends? This is a distressing insight. Interestingly, he does not call on the Lord to let him have revenge, but rather, accepts that vengeance, if any, belongs only to God.

Matthew echoes Jeremiah’s ultimate confidence: under God, we need have no fear of those who can only kill the body – the One to ‘fear’ is the One Who can kill body and soul – but chooses, instead, to offer forgiveness, love, peace and mercy.

Our prayer: Help me never to deny your Name, Lord; help me to speak your gospel of hope!

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