Wednesday 7 March 2018

About Today Readings

SS Perpetua and Felicity

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9. Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20. Matthew 5:17-19.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem—Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20. 

Those who keep the commandments will be counted great in the kingdom of heaven.

The readings today encourage us to live life according to God’s will. Sr Thea Bowman, an African-American Franciscan, died of cancer aged 53 in 1990. Her initial prayer was for ‘God’s perfect will’. As the disease progressed, her prayer evolved into ‘Lord, let me live until I die.’ She said, ‘I don’t make sense of suffering. I try to make sense of life … I try each day to see God’s will’.

When asked what it meant to be black and Catholic, she replied, ‘It means that I come to my church fully functioning. I bring myself—all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become.’ During this Lenten season, may we pray for God’s perfect will, that we come fully functioning, ready to live until we die.

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