June 4, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 146, a song of uninhibited delight and thanksgiving to God.
Coming after our reading from Tobit, we see just what such utter delight looks like.
That “angelic fish gall” re-lit the world for Tobit in a way he had never imagined before!
Sometimes we too have to experience a profound blindness before we really begin to see rightly. Let’s be honest: haven’t we all been blind a few times in our lives.
- Blessings unrecognized
- Friendships taken for granted
- Kindnesses overlooked
- People misjudged
- Needs ignored
- Expectations unsurrendered
- Biases unexamined
- Opportunities bypassed
- Perhaps even responsibilities shirked
Praying with Psalm 146, we might take note of those whom the Lord favors:
the oppressed, the hungry. captives, those who are bowed down;
the just, strangers, orphans and widows
These favored of God share a common trait – a vulnerability learned through suffering.
None of us seeks suffering in our lives. But we all will encounter it personally at least to some degree. Further, all in the community of faith are called to share the sufferings of others by our works of mercy.
In both instances, can we allow suffering to let us see the world differently, to lift the scales of any blindness in our hearts? Because here is the beautiful mystery: the God of Mercy is with us in our lights and shadows — and is always Light.
Praise the LORD, O my soul;Psalm 146:1
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
Poetry: God Pours Light – Hafiz
into every cup,
The proudly pious
stuff their cups with parchment
and critique the taste of ink
while God pours light
and the trees lift their limbs
without worry of redemption,
every blossom a chalice.
May I seduce those withered souls
with words that wet their parched lips
pours like rain
into every empty cup
set adrift on the Infinite Ocean.
Music: Amazing Grace – Leo Rojas