Tuesday 28 August 2018

About Today Readings

St Augustine.

2 Thessalonians 2:1–3, 14–17. Psalm 95(96):10–13. Matthew 23:23–26.

The Lord comes to judge the earth—Psalm 95(96):10–13.

‘May our Lord Jesus Christ himself … encourage you and strengthen you in every good word and deed.’

Today’s Gospel addresses the Pharisees, but its message challenges our own hypocritical actions and calls us to examine the gap between what we espouse and what we do. We are reminded not to be absorbed by the requirements of the law but rather to focus on the purpose of God’s laws. These laws exist to make us more available for loving relationships with God and others.

Jesus speaks clearly here of the fundamentals of justice, compassion and faith. He draws us into radical relationships where we are challenged to treat our enemies with compassion and to seek to reconcile with them.

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