Tuesday 18 June 2024

About Today Readings

1 Kings 21:17-29. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned – Psalm 50(51):3-6, 11, 16. Matthew 5:43-48.

An invitation to change

Jesus offers a vision for the entire world. He says that the same rain falls on everyone, regardless of what we may have done or the type of people we are. We have all met perfectionists. Often, they want to control the world and end up living defensive lives. When Jesus asks us to be perfect in the way that God is perfect, he is thinking of the opposite. He asks us to let go of our defences. It’s OK for us to be imperfect because God is perfect. In the first reading, we are confronted by the figures of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel, two nasty characters. Indeed, the word Jezebel has sometimes been used as an insult. Yet we read that Ahab was prepared to eat humble pie and change his ways. The whole of scripture is an invitation to change. This means being humble, just as Ahab was and as Jesus’ disciples are called to be.

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