Tuesday 14 November 2017
St Joseph Pignatelli
Wisdom 2:23 – 3:9. Psalm 33(34):2-3, 16-19. Luke 17:7-10.
I will bless the Lord at all times — Psalm 33(34):2-3, 16-19.
‘Their hope was rich with immortality.’
Today’s first reading speaks of hope, that virtue empowered by trust and courage. In the psalm the people rely on God, knowing he will keep them alive in difficult times. In this reading we hear of the suffering of the upright. God was testing them ‘like gold in a furnace’. The upright will ‘shine out like sparks run through stubble’ and their hope is ‘rich with immortality’.
Today too we see the upright being tested in fire, struggling for a share of the world’s wealth—refugees escaping the clutches of war, people in our cities and in developing countries just trying to survive. They are being tested in fire.
Let us be the sowers of trust and courage in them. Let us be their deliverers of hope.