Saturday 19 June 2021 – Daily Prayer

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St. Romuald

2 Corinthians 12: 1-10. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord – Ps 33 (34): 8-13. Matthew 6: 24-34.

Don’t worry about tomorrow: your holy father knows your needs

Today’s scriptures combine a sense of wonder with the discipline of penance. The amazement at the lilies of the field and the birds in the air in the passage from Matthew contrasts with the penitent taste in Paul’s “agitation” towards the Corinthians. “I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and misfortunes for Christ’s sake.” Today is the feast and death anniversary of Saint Romuald of Ravenna, who lived 1000 years ago. For several years he wandered through northern Italy and southern France and reformed monasteries and hermitages. It seems that he was strict on silence and relied on the providence of God. Perhaps our two readings today shaped his spirituality. Lilies and birds and the creation all around cry out the goodness of the Lord. Enjoy it in silence, Romuald may have said. The psalm invites us today to taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

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