Psalm: 74
Gospel: Mark 8:27-9:1
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Instructions to the Cathecumenate

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Your foes have roared within your holy place;
they set up their emblems there.
At the upper entrance they hacked
the wooden trellis with axes.*
And then, with hatchets and hammers,
they smashed all its carved work.
They set your sanctuary on fire;
they desecrated the dwelling-place of your name,
bringing it to the ground.
They said to themselves, ‘We will utterly subdue them’;
they burned all the meeting-places of God in the land. (Psalm 74:4-8)

One thing that strikes me in particular with this Psalm is that it is written during a time of darkness…..when all the sacred vessels and places in Judea have been pulled down, and the Jewish people have nothing tangible to hold on to.

As I sit here pondering…..I wonder what would happen to us if all our churches were burned and we left to our own devices….What would the reaction be???

Sadness and devastation for sure :(…but that being said…the Jewish identity managed to survive. They were able to distinguish themselves by strict observance of dietary laws and customs.

What would our distinguishing marks as Christians be??? I wonder…….. +