Today’s Old Testament reading is from the opening verses of the Book of Ruth. We hear the story of how Naomi, the mother-in-law of Moabites Ruth and Orpah, attempted to send them back to their own country when she herself returned to the land of Judah following the deaths of her husband and sons in Moab.

‘Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she [Naomi] said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God’.

This steadfastness recalls what is necessary for following Jesus; a constant watchfulness for what may draw us back from Him, and a guarding of what is most precious in life: our relationship with Him.

Steadfastness, watchfulness, guarding: may we nurture these in our interior and exterior lives; and may God bless you this day in so doing.