Tuesday 27 June 2017

About Today Readings

St Cyril of Alexandria.
Genesis 13:2, 5-18. Psalms 14(15):2-5. Matthew 7:6, 12-14.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord — Psalms 14(15):2-5.

‘O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?’

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.’

Jesus came to teach us how to be good human beings, decent members of our society, ready to take our place in the kingdom of God on earth.

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