Tuesday 17 January 2023

About Today Readings

St Anthony

Hebrews 6:10-20. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever – Psalm 110(111):1-2, 4-5, 9, 10. Mark 2:23-28.

Let us set out as we mean to continue – full of gratitude

There’s an adage that you should start as you mean to continue. This advice is sometimes given to people in new jobs or new relationships. If we encourage others and express gratitude from the outset, we are likely to stay that way. The same applies if we start taking others for granted. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus starts in a confrontational manner. In chapter 2, there are four separate stories in which he is heavily criticised by religious authorities. And yet the crowds start to follow him. Perhaps this is because he put them and their needs first. Jesus says that the sabbath was made for us, we weren’t made for the sabbath. In other words, religious practices are meant to help us, not leave us hungry and spiritually malnourished. The psalm reminds us that ‘The Lord is compassion and love’ and ‘gives food to those who fear God’. Let us set out from this moment as we mean to continue, full of gratitude.

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