Tuesday 3 September 2019

About Today Readings

St Gregory the Great
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11. Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14. Luke 4:31-37.
I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living – Psalm 26(27):1, 4, 13-14.
‘We do not belong to the night or to darkness’

I was struck by the final words of today’s reading from Thessalonians; ‘Build one another up’. It seems so simple and yet, all too often in an effort to make ourselves feel included, we exclude others and tear them down. We all have a tendency to make the people who are most vulnerable into ‘the other’. As I write this, I am reflecting on the death of Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche communities who was a person who took Paul’s call to heart. He founded L’Arche in response to seeing how people with learning disabilities were treated in institutions. To quote the press release announcing his death: ‘His vision was one of radical welcome, inclusion and joy, where marginalised people with learning disabilities are valued and celebrated’. Today, Paul calls us to ‘build one another up, especially those who have been torn down.

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