Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
January 13, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 105 celebrating God’s covenanted faithfulness to us.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke God’s name;Psalm 105: 1-2, 8
make known among the nations God’s deeds.
Sing, sing God’s praise,
proclaim all God’s wondrous deeds.
(because…) The Lord remembers the covenant for ever.
We certainly can spend some time in prayer today remembering God’s faithfulness to us personally. A grateful review of our life journey can always offer new insights into God’s love and generosity.
But more specifically, our psalm calls us to plumb the two readings which it connects.
- Hebrews reminds us that God’s love is so extreme that God took Flesh in Jesus to teach us, in terms we could understand, the degree of God’s love.
- In Mark, we see the early expression of that love, as Jesus reveals his healing power to the wretchedly suffering crowds.
In these readings, we learn that God’s promise endures to each generation:
God remembers the covenant foreverPsalm 105: 8
which was made binding for a thousand generations–
Which was entered into with Abraham
and by God’s oath to Isaac.
In Chronos Time, this enduring covenant was enfleshed in Jesus. It continues in Kairos Time through each person’s Baptism into Christ through the Holy Spirit.
In his letter to Titus, Paul puts this clearly:
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, we were saved not because of righteous things we had done, but because of God’s mercy. God saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by God’s grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.Titus 3: 4-7
May the message of these readings free us,
inspire us, and impel us
to a grace-filled response.
Poetry: Grace by Jill Peláez Baumgartner
Is it the transparency and lift of air? Is it release as when the pebble flings out of the slingshot or the tethered dog suddenly is without lead? Or is it more like standing on a dark beach at midnight, the surf loud with its own revolution, the horizon invisible, the entire world the threat of rushing water? No one who swims at night in the ocean feels weightless embracing armfuls of water against the ballast of the waves’ fight. Swimming: toward the shore lights or out into the vast bed of the sea's white fires?
Music: Confitemini Domino – Psalm 105 – Orlando di Lasso (first published in 1562)
Confitemini Domino et invocate nomen ejus,
annuntiate inter gentes opera ejus,
cantate ei et psallite ei.
Narrate omnia mirabilia ejus,
laudamini in nomine sancto ejus,
laetetur cor quaerentium Dominum.
Give glory to the Lord, and call upon his name,
declare his deeds among the Gentiles,
sing to him, yea sing praises to him.
Relate all his wondrous works,
Glory ye in his holy name,
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.