Tuesday 29 May 2018

About Today Readings

1 Peter 1:10-16. Psalm 97(98):1-4. Mark 10:28-31.

The Lord has made known his salvation—Psalm 97(98):1-4.

Many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Each early morning, my dear dad would bring in a cup of tea with the resounding words, ‘Many who are first will be last, and the last first!’

Now as an adult, I appreciate those lines of the Gospel. He valued the idea of humility. To us, the words ‘first’ and ‘last’ mean winning or losing, the ability to gain or lose a trophy. Jesus stepped away from these games to stand with the invalid, the ridiculed, the dispossessed.

Today the role of father is questioned by social change and many men feel unsure about their place and their privilege. Let our prayer be for modern dads, that they will be loving and confident in their fathering and will offer their families the better meanings of winning and losing.

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