Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 9, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray again with beautiful Psalm 85, so famous for its described eschatological “kiss”.
On this 19th Sunday, our psalm serves as a bridge connecting Elijah’s gentle whisper with Paul’s impassioned wish and Jesus’s invitation to walk on water.
These powerful readings will carry a personal message to every one of us if we take time to listen. As Psalm 85 confirms:
I will hear what God proclaims;Psalm 85: 9
the LORD — Who proclaims peace.
Near indeed is salvation to those who stand in awe of God,
glory dwelling in our land.
We are shaped by our personal experiences
as well as the culture of our times.
For each of us this morning,
these realities carry a message
to our praying heart.
- Like Elijah, how is God whispering to me today?
- Like Paul, what great desire for faith and blessing rises in my prayer?
- Like Peter, what invitation to profound faith is God speaking to me?
Poetry: from Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
There comes a time when our eyes are opened. And we come to realize that mercy is infinite. We need only await it with confidence and receive it with gratitude. Mercy imposes no conditions.
And, lo! Everything we have chosen has been granted to us. And everything we rejected has also been granted. Yes, we get back even what we rejected. For mercy and truth are met together. Righteousness and bliss shall kiss one another.
—the character General Lowenhielm
Music: When God Whispers Your Name – Matthew West
When nobody listens When nobody cares When you lie wounded And no one is there When darkness surrounds you And when your best friend is fear When the words "I love you" Are all you long to hear That's when God whispers your name He's never ashamed To call you His own Tha's when God whispers your name In your darkest night You'll never be alone When God whispers your name For the tired and weary For the hopelessly lost His arms will surround you His blood has paid the cost When all you hold onto Is slipping through your hands When there's no one to turn to And no one understands That's when God whispers your name He's never ashamed To call you His own That's when God whispers your name In your darkest night You'll never be alone When God whispers your name Listen A still, small voice Calling Calling That's when God whispers your name He's never ashamed To call you His own That's when God whispers your name In your darkest night You'll never be alone When God whispers your name