October 5, 2012
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there….
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth….
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works.
[Psalm 139: 14]
Each of us is composed of wonder. The old lady huddled on the bus, the young guy lounging on the corner—all of us are fearfully, wonderfully made in God’s image. Therese of Lisieux (whose feast we celebrated on Monday,) and who died a few miles from where she was born, never did anything remarkable in her lifetime. Yet she tapped into this great mystery in uncovering her true purpose. “My vocation is love! Yes I have found my place in the Church . . . in the heart of the Church, my Mother, I shall be love.”
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, regardless of the ups and downs of life, we take immense hope in the depth of your interest in us. In the psalm today we embrace the words: “O Lord, you have searched me and known me.” To understand that you pursue us and remain faithful even if we forget about you is simply extraordinary. This day we fully embrace your profound care for us. With deepest gratitude, Lord, we will be your ambassador to each person we meet and in all that engages our attention.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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