Wednesday 23 May 2018
Day of Abstinence.
James 4:13-17. Psalm 48(49):2-3, 6-11. Mark 9:38-40.
Happy the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs—Psalm 48(49):2-3, 6-11.
The gift of life.
When we lose a loved one or hear about an unexpected tragedy, we can be reminded that life is fleeting, and we must make the most of each day. James reminds us that if we know the right thing and fail to do it, we fail God. The Psalmist notes that ‘both high and low, rich and poor’ live life together, and that each life is priceless in its own way. It’s not always obvious who brings more wealth to the world. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus brings a generous interpretation to making the most of life. He says not to stop anyone doing things in his name, as ‘whoever is not against us is for us’. God, help me always to live a life of love every day.