Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Wednesday 16 January 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time. 'And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes'. These few lines are from today's Gospel reading, from Mark. The word 'immediately' is a characteristic of his Gospel, which moves forward at a rapid pace. In this brief extract the authority of Jesus and his teaching give rise to amazement on the part of His hearers. We can sometimes be so conditioned by familiarity with some Biblical passages that we can fail to appreciate their impact. God comes to us, sometimes as slowly as gentle raindrops, but also with dramatic intensity. May we 'lift up our hearts to Him with a humble stirring of love', as the fourteenth century English text the 'Cloud of Unknowing' suggests, and be ready, for He will come. May God bless you this day.

Tuesday 15 January 2019, SS Maurus and Placid, Disciples of our Holy Father S Benedict, Memoria. The two disciples of S Benedict are shown here in the Sacro Speco at Subiaco, where they are listening attentively to the Master. Their posture recalls the opening sentence of the Holy Rule: 'Hearken, my son, to the precepts of thy master and incline the ear of thy heart; freely receive and faithfully fulfil the instructions of thy loving father, that by the labour of obedience thou mayest return to him from whom thou hast strayed by the sloth of disobedience. To thee are my words now addressed, whosoever thou mayest be that renouncing thine own will to fight for the true King, Christ, dost take up the strong and shining weapons of obedience'. Both the eye and the ear are involved in this 'listening with the heart', with the feet ready to step out on the path of obedience'. May these two saints teach us much, and assist us by their prayer, and may God bless you this day.

Monday 14 January 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time. And so we begin the first part of the 'green time' of 2019; new beginnings, new life. At Mass, we begin reading the Letter to the Hebrews, and here is an extract from today's passage: 'In these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power'. The truth and majesty of Christ is at the heart of our devotion to the Son of God, here beautifully expressed in our reading. May we tend to Him with all our being, and may God bless you this day.


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