Thursday 26 September 2019

About Today Readings

Haggai 1:1-8. Psalm 149:1-6, 9. Luke 9:7-9.
The Lord takes delight in his people – Psalm 149:1-6, 9
‘Who is this I hear such reports about?’

We often find ourselves immersed in a world where to categorise the people we meet has become an unconscious social norm. To introduce people we might begin with their name, followed by a job title, and an interesting fact such as a recent trip overseas or a common friendship.

Herod was not alone in feeling perplexed by Jesus’ identity. If he was not John, or Elijah, or an ancient prophet, who was he? Jesus was aware that many would misinterpret his true identity, yet, despite this, he still lived the truth in all that he said and did, ending with the cross.

John Powell SJ once said, ‘To reveal myself openly and honestly takes the rawest kind of courage.’ Acting with courage is how Jesus lived his life. As followers of Christ we are called to a similar kind of courage – to live our days with love.

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