From the Word of the Day
David…with his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole heart he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung; He added beauty to the feasts and solemnized the seasons of each year…so that when the Holy Name was praised before daybreak the sanctuary of the Lord would resound.
(Ecclesiasticus – Ben Sira- 47: 8-12)
The Book of Ben Sira contains precious gems of wisdom, and one of these regards David’s person, who not only was a courageous leader ever ready to defend his people, but also lived the primacy of praise to God, and not only personally. In fact, he felt the importance of conferring splendor on the feasts and educating the people to the praise of the Holy of Holies that renders it beautiful and solemn in human life.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will rejoice in the beauty of God’s praise at Holy Mass, especially on feast days, as well as during my own personal prayer.
Lord, make me aware that my life is precious if I remember that it is Your gift and thus live it in praise of God. You are the cause and reason of my existence. Grant that I may live the festive days in a different way than work days, with the needed rest, with recreational choices that help me to keep my physical, spiritual, and psychological balance so I may be a source of joy, serenity, and peace.
The Voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite and Doctor of the Church
Continuous conversation with Christ augments love and trust.