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Friday 18/6/2021


Ordinary time week 11, Mt 6,19-23

Anyone concerned about the future of the planet is aware of the importance of light for growth. The is why we call Jesus the Light of the world since he lies at the heart of everything that grows. Being at the heart of everything, Jesus’ presence makes everything holy. Whatever our connection with the planet, we stand on Holy Ground: A poem by Macrina Wiederkehr osb


My bare feet walk the earth reverently

for everything keeps crying, Take off your shoes

The ground you stand on is holy

The ground of your being is holy.

When the wind sings through the pines like the breath of God

awakening you to the sacred present

calling your soul to new insights

Take off your shoes!

When the sun rises above your rooftop

colouring your world with dawn

Be receptive to this awesome beauty

Put on your garment of adoration

Take off your shoes!

When the Red Maple drops its last leaf of summer

wearing its ‘burning bush’ robes no longer

read between its barren branches, and

Take off your shoes!

When sorrow presses close to your heart

begging you to put your trust in God alone

filling you with a quiet knowing

that God’s hand is not too short to heal you.

Take off your shoes!

When a new person comes into your life

like a mystery about to unfold

and you find yourself marvelling over

the frailty and splendour of every human being

Take off your shoes!

When, during the wee hours of the night

you drive slowly into the new day

and the morning fog, like angel wings

hovers mysteriously above you

Take off your shoes!

Take off your shoes of distraction

Take off your shoes of ignorance and blindness

Take off your shoes of hurry and worry

Take off anything that prevents you

from being a child of wonder.

Take off your shoes;

The ground you stand on is holy.

The ground you are is holy.

by Fr Thomas O'BRIEN a.a