From the Word of the Day
Praise you the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honorable and glorious: and his righteousness endures forever. He has made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He has given meat to those who fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. (Psalm 110: 1-5)
This week, we will give attention to the psalms. In the daily Liturgy of the Word, they are a response of song and prayer to the reading and introduce us to the Gospel. It is an ancient word that introduces us to the new Good News. There are 150 Psalms that are a book and not a simple anthology. As they follow each other, they build a mini internal library that leads us to different experiences of God. They are the words that have been prayed for thousands of years by human beings that help us penetrate God’s mystery, which they daily re-propose to us.
Psalm 110 belongs to the fifth and last book in which there rises up from the heart of the people a song of gratitude and of praise for God’s fidelity. God is faithful to His covenant, which He never forgets even if we forget. His fidelity sustains us in our becoming and truly gives strength when we no longer have any. His fidelity also becomes sharing of a heritage and to healing He adds responsibility. God is Father and Mother. His covenant is the image of the covenant that generates life in our generations.
Lord, grace is born on our lips as the word that recognizes Your mercy. We do not thank You out of habit, but to responsibly render to You the awareness we have of Your presence and of Your action to which we unite our own, in order to prolong salvation in the way You desire for abundant life for everyone.
The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher
We are born with this book in our depths. It is a booklet of 150 poems; 150 steps built between death and life; 150 mirrors of our rebellions and of our fidelity; of our agonies and of our resurrections. More than a book, it is a living being that speaks to you, suffers, groans, and that dies; that rises and sings on the limits of eternity and takes you, drags you, and the ages of ages from the beginning to the end…