Tuesday 16 May 2017

About Today Readings

Acts 14:19-28. Psalms 144(145):10-13, 21. John 14:27-31.

Your friends tell the glory of your kingship, Lord — Psalms 144(145):10-13, 21.

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.’

Today we are greeted with two powerful readings that remind us of the comfort we can find despite the hardships that are part of every life. Paul’s words, ‘We must experience many hardships before we enter the kingdom of God’, are spoken with all the passion of his recent experience of being stoned. This surely rings true for all of us.

It reminds me of a local Catholic community where people who have struggled for justice are ministering to each other in love and compassion. Through their outreach they are finding the true peace which Jesus spoke of at the Last Supper: ‘My own peace I give to you.’ They are ‘engraced’ by the love which has become part of their everyday experience. Perhaps the grace they share has permitted them a taste of the kingdom of God.

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