St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Deuteronomy 10: 12-22. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem – Ps 147: 12-15, 19-20. Matthew 17: 22-27.
The Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords
In the first reading, Moses challenges the self-deception of the Israelites. Moses speaks clearly. The Lord your God is not partial, like you, open to bribes, unjust to the poor, unkind to strangers, and forgets past generosity. He is the Most High, and ‘the love of the Lord was so great that he chose you in place of any other people and you are still his chosen people.’ He continues: ‘The Lord is great and mighty, and he is to be obeyed.’ As the pandemic spread over the past year, it has clearly shown us that it was the old and the infirm, the militants with precarious jobs and the foreigners among us whose urgent basic needs for food, shelter and support we have overlooked. They suffered first and most. Today let us pray and give thanks for those like Moses who draw our attention to uncomfortable truths and remind us that much is expected of those who are given much.
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