The First Reading advises us to be gentle, humble and attentive, warning against pride. God is the source of whatever strength and goodness we have. By behaving humbly we will find the Lord’s favour, which is all that finally matters.

This theme is echoed in the Gospel, where Jesus teaches us how to live according to his vision of a good society. Everyone is invited and welcomed equally, for we share a common humanity. By caring for and putting others first, ‘repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again’.

The Psalmist sings of God’s care for those on the margins, rejoicing at God’s generosity to his people, bringing them new life.

The author of the Second Reading urges the Hebrews, and us, to remain faithful. Jesus, as mediator, has instituted a new covenant for his followers, and we can each celebrate our identity as a child of God and ‘citizen of heaven’. There is no need to be afraid: we are not alone but part of God’s family.

Let’s rejoice, and like the psalmist, sing our praises to the Lord for his generosity. May we be attentive and gentle in all we say and do this week, always responding to God’s call.