Tuesday 25 June 2019

About Today Readings

Genesis 13:2, 5-18. Psalm 14(15):2-5. Matthew 7:6, 12-14.
The just will live in the presence of the Lord – Psalm 14(15):2-5.
‘O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may live on your holy hill?’

The readings today outline for us what might be considered a good life in the eyes of God. Psalm 15 gives us a comprehensive summary of what this entails. On closer scrutiny, it would seem that these rules mirror what is required of good citizens in a prosperous and harmonious society: a decent human life underpinned by common sense.

We read of honesty and truthfulness; a guard put upon our tongues; respect for friends and neighbours; probity in financial dealings. As the gospel recommends, ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you.’ But even more than this, as a vision for life, Jesus calls us to labour with him in making his kingdom of justice and peace more and more real on earth. He sends us to our colleagues, friends and family members as disciples ready to share his forgiving kindness and love even with our enemies.

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