Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
August 10, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 112, a poetic description of what “holiness-in-action” looks like. The psalm’s tone is reminiscent of the beloved passage from Proverbs 31, “Who shall find a valiant woman…” Only this passage says, “Blessed is the man… Beatus vir”.
Both these passages give us a glimpse into the righteousness expected of one who is in covenant with God. That person reflects the Divine Righteousness of God in both word and deed.
The “righteousness of God” comes down to concrete actionsWalter Brueggemann
that intend generous rehabilitation of those without resources.
The Psalms sing of these concrete acts.
A slow reading of the psalm is a good prayer today, asking God to help us open our hearts and choices to this graceful righteousness. The heavily masculine translation can be a little off-putting for the women among us though. So you might like to use this translation as I did.
Happy are those who revere God and delight in doing his will. Their children will be greatly honored and their grandchildren greatly blessed. Abundance will fill their houses as gratitude fills their hearts. They conduct their affairs with justice; their integrity cannot be shaken. They give of themselves to the poor and share their wealth with the needy. They are patient, cheerful, compassionate, generous, impeccably fair. They harbor no regrets for the past and no worries about the future. Their minds are centered in God, and they trust him with all their hearts. They honor themselves, and are honored; they walk with their heads held high. Their rising is like the sunrise, and their light fills heaven and earth. Their righteousness shines on all people; their good works endure forever. from A Book of Psalms: Selections Adapted from the Hebrew by Stephen Mitchell
Poetry: from Rumi
Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.
Music: Beatus Vir – Antonio Vivaldi
Beatus vir qui timet Dominum,
In mandatis ejus volet nimis.
Blessed the man who fears the Lord,
in his commandments he delights greatly.