Daily Reflection – Nov 25, 2015
Wednesday 25 November 2015
First Reading: Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Give glory and eternal praise to him
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:12-19
Today’s Saint: St Catherine of Alexandria
Jesus said to the crowd:
“They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
The Lord has saved the innocent.
He has led them through the flames, not a hair has been damaged, no skin burnt, the mouth of the free praises the works of the Lord in heart, hand and mind.
Yet what will prediction do to hasten us to love? What of knowledge? Does not our memory show only the past’s unwelcome entry when choice seems not redeeming?
Look how the cornerstone crushes those it falls on, and all who touch it are smashed to pieces. What is this stone, how does it sit? It looms over us as an arch whose stability rests on a cooperation which the world does not trust.
In my haste to live, I am a keystone without an arch, a block fit only for crushing grain. Not one of us can live alone, but the world we desire has a thousand centrepieces in an arch which requires only one.