Taste and See: Blessing

The Lord says this: ‘A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh, whose heart turns from the Lord. He is like dry scrub in the wastelands: if good comes, he has no eyes for it, he settles in the parched places of the wilderness, a salt land, uninhabited.

‘A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit.’

First Reading for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 17:5-8

How precious are those we can rely on for good and for help. Their example and wisdom can help us, again and again, to avoid messing up.

There are also those who we feel we can rely on to get things wrong. And yet the Lord calls them to himself too, even as according to Jeremiah, they bear his curse. One day they may surprise us…

Leave judgement to the Lord but give thanks for his every blessing!

  • For whom do you tend to hold out no hope?
  • Why?
  • What might you pray for them?

Image: Holy Trinity church, Stratford upon Avon. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.

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