June 2, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 25, a heartfelt expression of how to traverse life’s challenges with persevering faith.
Set between our two anguished readings today, Psalm 25 is a solace. Could poor Tobit run into more trouble! His allegorical life, which mirrors Israel’s historic troubles, is a real melodrama.
Then our Gospel recounts the Sadducees’ approach to troubles similar to Tobit’s. They get all up in their heads rather than open their minds to faith.
But Psalm 25 gives us the formula for the practice of such faith:
TRUST IN GOD
In you I trust; let me not be put to shame,
let not my enemies exult over me.
No one who waits for you shall be put to shame;
those shall be put to shame who heedlessly break faith.
LEARN GOD’S WAYS
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
REFLECT ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
BE HUMBLE AND JUST
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus showing sinners the way.
God guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble the way.
Today, as we pray Psalm 25, we might reflect on our experience and practice of these attitudes in our own lives.
Poetry: Let Your God Love You – Edwina Gately
Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty Before your God. Say nothing. Ask nothing. Be silent. Be still. Let your God look upon you. That is all. God knows. God understands. God loves you With an enormous love, And only wants To look upon you With that love. Quiet. Still. Be. Let your God— Love you.