Thursday 23 November 2017

About Today Readings

St Clement I; St Columban.

1 Maccabees 2:15-29. Psalm 49(50):1-2, 5-6, 14-15. Luke 19:41-44.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God — Psalm 49(50):1-2, 5-6, 14-15.

‘You did not recognise your opportunity when God offered it.’

This anguished cry of Jesus calls to mind a line from T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Dry Salvages’: ‘We had the experience but missed the meaning’—words that we might have good reason to say from time to time. That is inevitable; but is terrifying to think that, at the point of death, we might see them as describing our whole life. Jesus shed copious tears over the fact that, for many of his people, his message of joy and peace and love fell on deaf ears.

A bookmark bearing the text, ‘If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart’ (cf. Heb 3:15), might serve as a reminder to pray every time we see it, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ (1 Sam 3:9).

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