Tuesday 14 March 2017

About Today Readings

Tue 14th. St Lubin. Is 1:10,16-20; Mt 23:1-12.

In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.

‘The greatest among you must be your servant.’ Matthew 23:11

The Gospel is full of Copernican revolutions. Copernicus was the one who suggested that the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth, despite appearances, but that the earth revolves around the sun. Jesus says that the greatest must become servant and that death reveals life. These are Copernican revolutions. I don’t normally think or act this way. When Jesus calls me to “Repent” he wants me to go through a revolution in my thinking. I need to turn my ideas about my self-importance upside down and understand how unimportant I am. I need to recognise how helpless I am, despite all my efforts to insure my health and wealth, because I am finite. If I recognise my only worth is my connectedness to others and to God, then possibly I can believe the Copernican good news: that God is ecstatically in love with me. Lord, I am like Peter: I want to love. Help me to understand. Help me to love unconditionally, in good health and in bad.

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