Wednesday 21 October 2020

About Today Readings

Ephesians 3:2-12. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation—Isaiah 12:2-6. Luke 12:39-48.

Lord, make us desperate for the Spirit

A theme of today’s readings is vigilance. Jesus’ caution ‘You also must be ready’ puts us on alert. Isaiah imagines worshippers in a state of high energy, overflowing with exaltation: ‘. . . make known His deeds to all nations . . . sing praises . . . shout aloud and sing for joy.’ St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us of this same exhausting mission, to tell the world of his deeds and to convert the Gentile nations. Even imprisoned, Paul shot out missives in place of his stalled mission. Famous saints are known for extraordinary accomplishments, the result of perpetually energised commitment to the Good News. The prayer for generosity of St Ignatius includes the words, ‘to toil and not to seek for rest’ – a frightening thought to one who craves nothing as much as an afternoon nap. Lord, make us desperate for the Spirit, and when we rest, stir us to think how next to serve you.

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