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From today’s Gospel: ‘And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes’.

Here is part of St Ephrem the Syrian, from the poem, ‘The Pearl’: On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren; I saw in it mysteries pertaining to the Kingdom; semblances and types of the Majesty; it became a fountain, and I drank out of it mysteries of the Son. I put it, my brethren, upon the palm of my hand, that I might examine it: I went to look at it on one side, and it proved faces on all sides. I found out that the Son was incomprehensible, since He is wholly Light. In its brightness I beheld the Bright One Who cannot be clouded, and in its pureness a great mystery, even the Body of our Lord which is well-refined: in its undividedness I saw the Truth which is undivided’.

Today, let our prayer be an immersion in the mystery of the Son of God, the power and the wisdom of God, who teaches us in the depths of our hearts. May this ‘pearl’ shine ceaselessly within us, and  may Christ himself bless you this day.