Wednesday 30 August 2017

About Today Readings

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13. Psalm 138(139):7-12. Matthew 23:27‑32.

You have searched me and you know me, Lord — Psalm 138(139):7-12.

Two conflicting images of parenthood.

The gospel reminds us that misunderstanding can be passed from generation to generation. There is a type of parent who, perhaps inadvertently, limits and prejudices the growth of the child. The first reading presents an alternative: parenthood is not only teaching but also calling. There is a gulf between calling and demanding. Demands are often insensitive to the point of stifling one partner in a relationship. Calling always implies freedom and offers support.

God parents each one of us by calling us to a fuller, freer life. Christian vocation is never a matter of being cornered without choice.

It is the challenge to seek God’s gentle guidance between thousands of possibilities and to be invited perhaps where we would rather not go.


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