Wednesday 27 February 2019

About Today Readings

Ecclesiasticus 4:11-19. Psalm 118(119):165, 168, 171-2, 174-5. Mark 9:38-40.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law – Psalm 118(119):165, 168, 171-2, 174-5.

‘Wisdom breathes life into her children.’

To pass over and exclude are not the way of the kingdom. ‘We stopped him; he’s not of our group!’ protests John. ‘You must not stop him’, answers Jesus. Competitiveness operates when resources are finite and places limited. Such restrictions do not apply with God. God’s resources are infinite and he offers employment to everyone. The distinctive feature of kingdom behaviour is offering welcome, operating across all human barriers: such obstacles have no substance before God.

Lord, we grew up needy and learnt selfish ways in our earthly city. With you we have entered God’s kingdom of plenty, but have not shaken off selfish ways. Teach us to reach out to others that we may indeed become citizens of your kingdom.

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