Thursday 15 October 2020

About Today Readings

St Teresa of Avila

Ephesians 1:1-10. The Lord has made known his salvation – Psalm 97(98):1-6. Luke 11:47-54.

The lessons from history

There’s been much discussion in recent times about the destruction of public monuments, and what it means for people today to re-evaluate the actions of history.

In today’s reading from Luke, Jesus speaks of the hypocrisy of the people of Israel putting up monuments to prophets who were killed and persecuted by their ancestors, while killing and persecuting prophets from their own time. If they had truly learned the lessons from their history, they would perceive the wisdom and truth of what Jesus was saying to them. But they were no different to their ancestors.

It’s a valuable lesson for us today. If we value our history, it should be something alive, something which allows us to see truth and wisdom when it’s set before us today. Public monuments alone have little value if they don’t point us to that truth and wisdom.

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