Posted by: livingscripture | September 7, 2009

Twenty Third Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.

      (Psalm 62/61, 6-7)


 How should we live this Word

“Only in God be at rest my soul!”  Let us savor the sweetness and depths of this passage which today’s liturgy places upon our lips in response to God’s Word.  In the first reading, the Apostle has just exposed the difficulties and the sufferings he encountered in his ministry.  Yet, it does not cast him into discouragement.  Rather, he declares that he is happy to contribute to the redemptive work of Christ in this way.  He does not seek human understanding and support.  His soul rests in God, the only one who can grant stability to his life. 

 We must anchor ourselves to this sure support.  All else may vacillate, and those nearest to us may delude us and disappoint us because they cannot offer us their support.  God is the rock, the defense, the only one on whom we may always count.  ‘The only One’ and this is the point!  How often we are tempted to seek rest for our souls, thirsting for peace and joy, in ephemeral and untrustworthy human security.  Without despising anything, and thanking and enjoying all as God’s gift, it is to Him and only to Him that we can abandon ourselves as a baby in its mother’s arms.  Only with God can we be certain that help will never be lacking and that our life is founded upon a Rock whose solidity is never in doubt.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will immerse my soul in God and I will repeat over and over with my heart:

 Only in God be at rest my soul!

 The voice of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Mystic

 How I would want to tell all souls of the source of strength, of peace, and even of joy they would find if they would consent to live in intimacy with God.


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