Thursday 11 July 2019

About Today Readings

St Benedict
Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5. Psalm 104(105):16-21. Matthew 10:7-15.
Remember the marvels the Lord has done – Psalm 104(105):16-21
‘Remember the marvels the Lord has done.’

Today’s response to the psalm connects the story of Joseph’s goodness to his family in time of famine with the instruction of Jesus to his disciples as he sent them out as witnesses of his loving concern for all people, especially the needy.

Do I ever reflect on what a marvel of the Lord it is that there are people like Joseph today, ready to forgive personal wrongs purely through love? Do I reflect on the marvel that Jesus still uses human beings today to continue his divine mission of instruction, compassion, healing and peace-making?

Holy Spirit, stir me to recognise and live the wonder that I, too, can be the compassion of Jesus within my own society, my own neighbourhood, my own family. Send me out to my brothers, sisters, neighbours and enemies, that I may love and serve in your name.

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