Today is Thursday the 27th February, in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time.  

The Community of Taizé sing “the Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.”

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.

This talk of cutting off your own hand or tearing out your own eye sounds very extreme,  even gruesome, you might say.  But what is the point Jesus is making with this way of talking?  What is he saying, perhaps, about what the important things are in life?

"If salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?"  What's that about, d'you think?  If food becomes less flavoursome and dull to the taste without salt, what might it mean for you to lost that saltiness?  What might it mean to have "salt in yourself"?

As these words of Jesus are read again, imagine being present as he speaks, looking not at him, bit at his listeners.  How do they react?  What looks do you see on their faces as they hear these words?

The Lord is present here now as you pray.  Speak to him now about your reactions to his words, what they mean to you, how you want to respond.