Wednesday 28 June 2023

About Today Readings

St Irenaeus

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever – Psalm 104(105):1-4, 6-9. Matthew 7:15-20.

Kingdom of justice and mercy

Today, the Scriptures ponder the Covenant which God enters into with Abraham, the foundation of the Jewish people and their God. They become his people, and he becomes their Lord, always and forever. God promises Abraham descendants, ‘as many as the stars in heaven’, a nation and a homeland. They promise faithfulness to God, and to live by God’s laws. Yet God’s people were frequently drawn away from their promise, falling into slavery and idolatry. Prophets arose to call them again to righteousness. Jesus teaches a Gospel of repentance, of spirit and truth, calling his listeners to be faithful in the interior honesty of their hearts. ‘Every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.’ The New Covenant which Jesus is announcing is a Kingdom of God – a kingdom of justice and mercy for all.

Loving Lord, create a clean heart in me, and rescue me when I lose my way.

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