Daily Reflection – June 8, 2016
Wednesday 8 June 2016
First Reading: 1 Kings 18:20-39
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope
Psalm 15(16):1-2, 4-5, 8, 11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:17-19
Today’s Note: Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
‘The kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’
Seeing the two brothers, Simon and Andrew, at work as fishermen, Jesus called them and asked them to follow him for he was going to make them ‘fishers of men’. These two simple fishermen were merely fulfilling their role in their humble working day and Jesus recognised their goodness and potential. There was no piety, no outward signs of holiness. They were men at work. When we carry out our everyday tasks well, when we are just being ourselves we are being all we need to be.
We are doing our bit to bring about the fullness of the Kingdom. We are doing God’s work with the physicality that Jesus took on. The human meets the divine and then ‘the Kingdom of heaven is close at hand’.
We discover heaven is right here with us and we feel at peace.