Today is Tuesday the 4th of March, in the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time.

Nóirín Ní Riain, with the monks of Glenstal Abbey, sings the Beatitudes.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.

Peter’s exasperation is evident here. We all want some recognition of our sacrifices now and again! Our world can so easily be about the “quick-fix”. But Jesus reminds us that our faith isn’t a quick fix. When have you felt that impatience and exasperation in yourself?  Perhaps you feel it now?

Who are those who are “the last” in my world? – in my life?

Mother Teresa used to to talk about seeing Christ in the faces of the poor, the sick, the hungry, the downtrodden. As you listen to the reading again, imagine the faces of those who are “last”.

Jesus realised how Peter felt, he understood him, and he didn’t slap him down.   And it is the same for each of us when we speak to Jesus – we can tell him how we feel without fear of it being the wrong thing to say.   So, speak to the Lord now.  Tell him openly and honestly whatever it is you are feeling.