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Dear friends,

The reading from Ezekiel prepares us very well for the story of Jesus preaching in Nazareth, a story of missed opportunity.  Of course, it is not only about the past; Mark speaks to us today as well.  A poetic reflection from the Mishnah puts it plainly:


Rabbi Tarfon said,

The day is short.
The task is great.
The workers are lazy.

The stakes are high.
The employer — impatient!

Time is fleeting.
Now is eternal.
Discipline yourself to attention,
for the alternative is to despair.

(Sayings of the Fathers, Pirke Avot, II:19)

Scripture Notes: OT15B14


With best regards,

Kieran O’Mahony, OSA
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