Tuesday 15 October 2019

About Today Readings

St Teresa of Avila

Romans 1:16-25. Psalm 18(19):2-5. Luke 11:37-41.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God ­– Psalm 18(19):2-5

‘Give for alms those things that are within’

We all wear masks at different times in order to be accepted, to cover up hurt, to hide our problems – to appear different from who we are. The Pharisees were particularly good at doing this. Jesus denounced them continually for attempting to make the outside look good while the inside was sullied.

Today is a good time to examine our own motives for doing things. What are the reasons behind our serving others? Do we believe we are chalking up points with God by our ‘doing’? Let us pray the verses from Psalm 139: ‘Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns. See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths.’ God does listen to what is in the depths of our hearts.

Lord of my heart, nourish me today. Give me a new spirit of understanding and joy in your presence.

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