WORD of the DAY
My Shepherd is the Lord, there is nothing I shall want. (Psalm 22)
Psalm 22 is one of the most beautiful psalms of the Psalter. It is the psalm most quoted in the Bible, in Church tradition, and the one that comes to the lips of those who have lost everything, become aware that in the end, we can only trust God who remains faithful in the darkness of our existence.
There are many conversion stories that can be told. One is of a victim of his government, one of the ‘disappeared’ of his country in a dictatorship of some years ago. He was the son of Protestants, a non-believer, a revolutionary, imprisoned. After months of torture and awaiting death, he hears the words of Psalm 22 that run through his mind and come to his lips and allow hope to be born again. Words that he remembers from his catechism classes and that God now uses to transform it into a personal revelation.
God is the only one who guides him “on just paths because of His name. Even if I should walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for You are at my side”.
It is a prayer that God Himself put in his heart and now he could look at life and death in a different way. God’s light guides us in the darkness and leads us to conversion.
Lord, help us to see You in Your light that is in us and that You are.
The voice of the Liturgy
Glory to You, o Christ, Word of God!
I am the Light of the world, says the Lord;
Those who follow Me will have the light of life. (John 8: 12)