The words of scripture today present us with a helpful corrective to much of the talk that has crowded the airwaves during the last several weeks – actually several months. If you are like me, you are now pretty tired of hate-filled speech, recriminations, name-calling, and reciprocal accusations. The country seems to have entered a era in which civility, much less truth-telling, has become outmoded. So if we are to believe that the words of scripture are meant for us today as always, we might well pay attention. Otherwise, why are we listening to them at all?
All three readings take up the challenge of dealing with our brothers and sisters respectfully and honestly. The first reading from the Book of Leviticus provides Jesus with the greatest of all his commandments. And the gospel takes us to the heart of the Sermon on the Mount, the core of Jesus’ teaching about how we are to treat one another. No exceptions. Read more...
Quote of the Day
Take care, then, not consciously to do or say anything which, if all the world were to know it, you could not acknowledge and say, ‘Yes, that was what I did or that was what I said.' —Louis IX of France
From My Photo Album
Cairo continues to watch over me. Here he is checking the fridge for possible intruders. (Or is he just trying to keep cool?)
The new revised edition of The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints
is now available from New Priory Press