The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I made no resistance,
neither did I turn away.
I offered my back to those who struck me,
my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;
I did not cover my face
against insult and spittle.
The Lord comes to my help,
so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint;
I know I shall not be shamed.
My vindicator is here at hand. Does anyone start proceedings against me?
Then let us go to court together.
Who thinks he has a case against me?
Let him approach me.
The Lord is coming to my help,
who will dare to condemn me?
First reading for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Again we hear the prophet ready to take the consequences of people’s opposition to him and his message and to him; and able to find the confidence for this in the protection of God for him.
That same message, and the opportunity for that same faithful trust in God is offered to us.
- Where and how have you sought to share the message of hope and love?
- Where have you met opposition?
- How have, and how, now, do you, deal with the hurt and fear this provokes?
Stained glass, Knowle parish church. (c) 2018, Allen Morris