Thursday 27 September 2018

About Today Readings

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11. Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17. Luke 9:7-9.

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge—Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17.

‘Who then is this about whom I hear such things?’

Just before this Gospel passage which my Bible labels as ‘Herod’s Perplexity,’ Jesus had empowered the twelve disciples, giving them authority over all demons and to cure diseases. Here Herod doesn’t understand what is happening. He believes that he had quashed the miracles and the societal disturbance which naturally occurs around prophetic people. Jesus created a new phenomenon; instead of guarding his power and holding it over people, Jesus has shared it, letting it become a tool for his disciples to know and love the people within their community. They leave with clothes on their backs, their faith and the good news written on their hearts.

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