The Lord is just in all his ways and holy in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him, he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord keeps all who love him, but the wicked he will destroy. May my mouth speak the praise of the Lord, and may all flesh bless God’s holy name forever and ever.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
A weekend brings the opportunity to look backward and forward. What graces and gifts has God showered on me this first week of September—at home, at work, within our family, among my friends? As summer ends and fall sets in, where will my leadership be tested in my business life? How is the Lord inviting me to strengthen our family spirit? And how thoughtfully am I loving my spouse?
These questions emerge from praying the words of today’s psalm. Whether I pay attention or not, the Lord is indeed “near to all who call upon him”—even me. God does “fulfill the desires of those who fear him”— even amidst our family’s hectic schedule. The Lord is “just in all his ways and holy in all his works”—even in the tough decisions I will need to take next week at work, surely with all those good folks I will meet, certainly within the challenging situations I will need to infuse with God’s grace and possibility.
With those I live with and amongst those I will engage with around town in the days to come, “may my mouth speak the praise of the Lord…and may God’s name be blessed forever.”
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits and blessings you have given me, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for me. Merciful friend, Brother and Redeemer, May I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.—St. Richard of Chichester Please share the Good Word with your friends!