FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
From the Word of the Day
He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
(Psalm 98: 3)
Psalm 98 belongs to the fourth book internal to the Book of Psalms. It is part of a family of about 15 Psalms that are like an intuition that it is possible to begin to experience the power of God’s glorious reign. The justice of God is not only manifested, but it succeeds to make itself count. The people, who awaited a Messiah and are a bit disappointed, receive clear signs that God has not forgotten them; He is always faithful to His promise. This Psalm is also used on December 8th, the day on which we celebrate Mary Immaculate, the woman who represents the house of Israel to which the faithful God had promised the Messiah. God’s love transforms Mary into the home of the Messiah. The expectation is transformed into action and the promise involves the waiting in order to be accomplished.
Today is also a Marian feast. We celebrate Mary, the Help of all humanity throughout history. St. Luke weaves some verses of this Psalm into the song of the Magnificat and places them on the lips of Mary as she greets her cousin Elizabeth. “He has come to the help of His servant Israel, remembering His mercy, as He promised our fathers, Abraham, and his descendants forever”.
Lord, You gave us Mary as witness and faithful disciple of Your Word. May She help us to always trust Your love and Your fidelity.
The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher
They had brought this book with them in their exiles, in their flesh, in their blood and lived each verse. It was written: they lived it as they read it, and it was as necessary to live it as to read it. It was their drama and their hope. They assumed it in the very moment in which they crucified Him, because they deemed it the key of their mystery and they were attached to it like darkness to light; like voice to song. It sang the promise that would be accomplished.