Posted by: livingscripture | September 11, 2009

Twenty Third Friday of Ordinary Time

doppio campanileFrom the Word of the Day

 

I bless the Lord who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me.  I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.

      (Psalm 16)

 

 How should we live this Word

 We are immersed in humble and grateful adoration as we experience the love of a God who not only forgives, but continues to trust us, to inspire us, to sustain us with His grace.  Though we often feel unworthy and incapable, He trusts us to witness to Him.  Paul describes this in the first reading with his letter to Timothy and what each of us lives daily.  God is not there to remind us of our sins and He does not limit Himself to forgiving us.  He continues to have confidence in us and to entrust our sisters and brothers to us.

 In order to correspond to His love, He sustains us with His grace, instructing us even ‘in the night’, when we find ourselves battling the darkness of doubt and temptation, when it seems that He is far from us.  These are the dark nights that we all experience, but that must never obscure the certainty that ‘He is at my right hand’, that ‘He is my strength’!   Even if everything around me crumbles, I can always count on His help.  Even if the darkness is so dark that I lose sight of the goal, He will continue to show me the path I must walk.  I need only open my heart to joy and bless God with my whole being.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recall to mind the presence of God in my life and I will pray with the psalmist:

 I bless the Lord who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me.  I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.  You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.

 The voice of Sergio Jeremy de Souza

 Do not complain about the abandonment of God in your life!  God is faithful.  He will never abandon you.  In fact, He has placed you in His dwelling place.  If the branches of a tree hide the rays of the sun, it does not mean that the sun is extinguished.  Observe well and you will see the sun return to shine as soon as the leaves move.

 

 


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