Thursday 28 February 2019
Ecclesiasticus 5:1-8. Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Mark 9:41-50.
Happy are they who hope in the Lord – Psalm 1:1-4, 6.
‘Keep salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.’
Salt has a way of making things more palatable, and the way we treat others serves to make life more peaceable. The giving of a cup of water is a simple gesture but it needs to be done with love.
To be at peace with others calls us to be a stepping stone for them, not a stumbling block. A stumbling block constantly criticises, ignores and excludes, tears down ideals or destroys dreams. On the other hand, when we boost someone’s self-confidence or help uncover another’s hidden talents, when we accept where others have rejected another person, then we become a stepping-stone, bringing a little light into the darkness of the world. Lord, grant us compassion for our fellow pilgrims.