Tuesday 22 May 2018

About Today Readings

St Rita of Cascia.

James 4:1-10. Psalm 54(55):7-11, 23. Mark 9:30-37. 

Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you—Psalm 54(55):7-11, 23.

A strange conversation.

Jesus, quietly walking along the way, waits till arrival at Capernaum before asking his disciples an insightful question: ‘what were you arguing about on the way?’ They fall silent before him. The disciples had been ranking each other in terms of greatness. They were comparing. Rather than celebrating each other’s unique gifts, the discussion is a source of division. Sensing the mood of the discussion, Jesus sits down, calling the twelve back to their deepest identity as disciples. He issues a challenging teaching: ‘if anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’ As a community for mission, the disciples need to learn to care for each other.

This is a call to a new way of being, acting, and living in the world.

Lord God, we pray that we may be shepherds of your flock. Help us to model your love for us to each other. Through this, may we continue to build your church from where Peter began.

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