Psalms: 66, 67, 19, 46
Old Testament: Jeremiah 14:1-9;17-22
New Testament: Galatians 4:21-5:1
Gospel: Mark 8:11-21
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from the works of St. Augustine

Now you,* my friends,* are children of the promise, like Isaac. But just as at that time the child who was born according to the flesh persecuted the child who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. (Galatians 4:28-29)

Ever notice how a lot of the Biblical narrative hinges on the impossible??? A hundred year old woman bearing a son, a Hebrew outlaw leading the Jewish people into freedom, a shepherd boy becoming a great king, and of God Himself taking on flesh.

Imagine the immense pressure Sarah, Moses, David and Jesus found themselves under. Against all odds, they had to hold on to the conviction that God would be true to his word, and make the right things fall into place.

Just like in times past, the world continues to be hostile to dreamers, and people who hold out for the impossible. The focus now tends to be on productivity and profit, rather than on fulfillment and true happiness.

As we draw ever closer to the mystery of Holy Week….let us hold on to our audacity in believing the Truth proclaimed to us in the gospels; that God will save us and give us life….even when we think it impossible. +

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