Thursday 21 February 2019

About Today Readings

Genesis 9:1-13. Psalm 101(102):16-21, 29, 22-23. Mark 8:27-33.

From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth – Psalm 101(102):16-21, 29, 22-23.

‘The Son of Man must suffer greatly.’

The scriptures today invite us to contemplate the very nature of God. In the reading from Genesis, we have the image of the rainbow, the covenant that God made with humanity and every living creature for all future generations. The rainbow image is both beautiful and all-encompassing. The psalmist speaks of a compassionate and liberating God, who hears the groans of the prisoners and sets free those who were doomed to die. In the gospel, Jesus shares openly with his disciples that he must undergo great suffering.

Jesus challenges us to set our eyes on divine things. In both his humanity and his divinity Jesus shows us the fulfilment of God’s promise.

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