Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 27 A..D. 2010
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11 and 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us. (see Psalm 79:9)
In today's responsorial psalm, the psalmist asks God for deliverance and acknowledges that Israel has been sinful. He says they have been brought down very low and are doomed to die and he asserts that saving them would give glory to God's name.
"How," I ask, "would saving the unworthy and the sinful glorify the Almighty?"
If it wasn't for the opportunity that meditating on the Sacred Word provides, I might tend to just skip over that nagging little question. While in fact, the essence of God is found in the answer.
The words, goodness - truth - beauty, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, are words that characterize the divine attributes of God and are demonstrated most perfectly by the loving and merciful way He interacts with His creation. So it is, then, that in saving the Israelites (and us), the essence of God is manifested and becomes an occasion for Him to be glorified.
It wasn't, as I first thought, just clever rhetoric on the part of the Psalmist, to get God to intercede on the Israelitesí behalf, but instead, it was a moment of grace that made the psalmist realize that through the Israelites and the forgiveness God might grant them, God's name would be glorified.
When we are brought down low and seem doomed to die, may we, too, have such a moment of grace to recognize and glorify Him whose name is Mercy.
~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
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