But the psalm response for today’s Mass reminds us that God is a refuge. We have little else we can count on with certitude. But we can count on the love of God. We have little else we can be certain of tomorrow, but we can be certain tomorrow God will still love us. God is our refuge.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. How much that psalm response resonated with me today. For many reasons, my heart feels a little broken. Stuck at home, I cannot see people I often took for granted when I could.
Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people. Is not this our cry to God? Is it not at times of difficulty and separation we find ourselves feeling forgotten?
She said yes. How excited when this is an answer to a marriage proposal? There is such joy and happiness when this happens. That moment of certainty when all is right with the world. There is a great unity between two people.
“I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east.” Water and the Temple. This line from the prophet Ezekiel is an interesting one. When have we seen, in the gospels, water flowing out of the Temple? It is when Jesus has died, and a lance is thrust through Jesus. Blood and Water flows from his side.
“Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth.” These words from the prophet Isaiah seem so necessary right now. All the words of Sacred Scripture seem so different in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Don’t we need a new heavens and a new earth so desperately these days?
At that moment, I realized that light and darkness can not exist at the same time. If there is light, even low light, there is still light. There is no darkness.
There are moments when a homily cuts to the heart. It might not even be the whole homily, but something as small as a single sentence. That happened for me this morning at Mass.
The book of the prophet Hosea always brings tender thoughts to my mind, even though the book has moments of real scolding for people who have turned away from God. That is because what I hear is the gentle invitation: “Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God.”
I am not sure it is the case for you, but for a long time I did not recognize the connections between Old Testament foreshadowing of the fulfilled covenant in Jesus.