Thursday 1 August 2019

About Today Readings

St Alphonsus Liguori

Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38. Psalm 83(84):3-6, 8, 11. Matthew 13:47-53.

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God! – Psalm 83(84):3-6, 8, 11

‘The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind.’

The image of the fishing net appears several times in the gospels – recall Peter and the other disciples who were fisherman. We find them mending empty nets and with nets full to breaking point because of an abundant catch.

In today’s gospel the net is a metaphor for the kingdom of God and deals with the day of judgement. While the image of the bad being thrown into the fire is somewhat unsettling, the image of the net is consoling. It reminds us that we are all in this together, that God’s kingdom does not exclude anyone but rather draws all creation back to the Creator. The net reminds us of God’s all-embracing care for us, as God desires to draw us deeper into his merciful love.

Lord, make me aware of your presence this day. Guide me as a companion walking with me on the way.

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