Tuesday 12 March 2019

About Today Readings

Isaiah 55:10-11. Psalm 33(34):4-7, 16-19. Matthew 6:7-15

From all their afflictions God will deliver the just – Psalm 33(34):4-7, 16-19. 

‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.’

To read the whole of today’s psalm is to savour God’s promises for his followers. In the Our Father, that perfect prayer, Jesus seeks our closeness to him, our neighbours and the environment.

Jesus exhorts us to treat our neighbour as ourselves – ’Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others.’ St Basil the Great challenges us further in very specific ways: ‘The bread you hold back belongs to the hungry; the coat you guard under locks belongs to the naked; the footwear mouldering in your closet belongs to those without shoes; the silver you keep in a safe place belongs to the needy.’

What a challenge! But God’s words have a powerful effect and the psalm promises that those who do, as well as hear, his word will go out in joy and bring the peace we all desire to this troubled world.

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