Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 25, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 18
I love you, O LORD, my strength,Psalm 18: 2-3
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
The psalm is almost a mirror reflection of 2 Samuel 22, and has been interpreted as a song that David sang throughout his life to praise God’s goodness to him.
Today the psalm connects several readings, which together give us:
- a command
- and a hint about how to fulfill that command.
Bottom line, our readings tell us this:
- First, Love God
- And, second, here’s where to find the God you desire to love.
If we trust the hint, and act on the command,
we will be able to sing – like David –
throughout our lives.
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Here is a beautiful poetic interpretation of Psalm 18:
I open my heart to you, O God for you are my strength, my fortress, the rock on whom I build my life. I have been lost in my fears and my angers caught up in falseness, fearful, and furious. I cried to you in my anguish. You have brought me to an open space. You saved me because you took delight in me. I try to be good, to be just, to be generous to walk in your ways. I fail, but you are my lamp. You make my darkness bright With your help, I continue to scale the walls and break down the barriers that fragment me. I would be whole, and happy, and wise and know your love Always. ~ Christine Robinson
Music: Overcome – Psalm 18 by James Block