Thursday, December 6, 2007

Being Strong

Those of us who, as Catholics seek the Lord with all of our hearts are quite familiar with "the plotting of men" and the "disputing tongues" of Psalm 31. Non-Catholics aside, we often receive persecution from other catholics: those who see our dear Church as a social club rather than a Holy Mother who instructs us in spiritual growth. It is good to remember that Jesus was also treated this way by His own people. The pharisees and the sadducees have their counterparts even today.

As we prepare to celebrate the Birth of Our Lord let us meditate on Psalm 31 and remember that we are "encircled always by God's saving love in Jesus Christ." Magnificat, December 6

Psalm 31:20-25
How great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you. You display it for those who trust you, in the sight of all the people.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from scheming enemies. You keep them in your abode, safe from plotting tongues.
Blessed be the LORD, who has shown me wondrous love, and been for me a city most secure.
Once I said in my anguish, "I am shut out from your sight." Yet you heard my plea, when I cried out to you.
Love the LORD, all you faithful. The LORD protects the loyal, but repays the arrogant in full.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

That's me away to the cooking.

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