Tuesday 21 July 2020

About Today Readings

St Lawrence of Brindisi

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20. Lord, show us your mercy and love – Psalm 84(85):2-8. Matthew 12:46-50.

‘My mother and my brothers are anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven’

Today’s readings from Micah and from Matthew capture the essence of Christianity. They explain why Christianity is the faith of one third of the entire world – why it is to be found on every continent and in almost all countries.

Jesus’ words in Matthew are spiritually revolutionary; they remind us how shocking His insights were (and are).

From now on, the family of God was to be those who followed His will; it didn’t matter what family, or tribe, or race you belong to – God is the universal Father, not merely a god to serve the ego of this or that group, and not the property of a select elite who might seek to dominate the populace.

Christianity is quintessentially non-racist – and Micah reminds us of its other great virtue, so rare these days – forgiveness; mercy! Our prayer: Thank you, Father of us all, for loving us all so much!

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