From the Word of the Day
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he has blessed your children.
(Psalm 147: 1-2)
Today’s Psalm is part of a small collection that closes the entire Book of Psalms. They are all hymns, united by the common denominator ‘celebration’! It is a choral expression of glorification of God’s work and of God Himself; a liturgy that exalts His action in history. It is precisely from His activity that we can say something of God. He is the one who cares for, protects, strengthens, blesses, brings peace, satisfies, sends, proclaims, and chooses.
We, His children, can sing this active presence of our God. We sing it in every situation, never forgetting Him even when He does not seem present. These hymns illumine the radiant and exultant times, but also those dark times of history, those of Israel and also those of all of us, and they become the memorial to God’s fidelity. Let us pray to Him who still today prolongs His actions and let us acknowledge Him and thank Him for permitting us to transmit this same experience and faith to the new generations.
Lord, bless Your people! Give us peace; the peace that is the sign of Your presence, at times very hidden and imperceptible, but always efficacious.
The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher
Yes, the world has recognized it. It narrates the history of everyone; it has become everyone’s book, tireless and penetrating ambassador of God’s Word for the peoples of the earth. Even there, it has insinuated itself everywhere: in all Baptisms, in all matrimonies, in all burials, in all the Churches. All festivity and all grief belong to it in almost all the nations.
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Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA