Psalms 129-131; Hebrews 8

Posted October 20, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Psalm 131

LORD, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty.

I do not busy myself with great matters,

with things too sublime for me.

Rather, I have stilled my soul,

Like a weaned child to its mother, weaned is my soul.

Israel, hope in the LORD, now and forever.

 A brief but beautiful profession of humble trust in God.  Humble trust in God, perhaps the exception today, especially in public discourse.  Enjoy the psalm, and reflect: it might even be worthy to add to one’s daily prayers.  God bless!

 

 

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Psalms 126-128; Hebrews 7

Posted October 17, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Psalm 127:3-5

Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth.

Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them.

He will never be shamed for he will destroy his foes at the gate.

I have three doughty sons of whom I am very proud – as the Old Testament likes to describe “mighty men of valor”.  They are athletes, of high character and purpose, and two of whom gladly sacrifice themselves every day for their wives and children.  As I decrease, they increase, and I am glad it is so.  Lord, I graciously thank you for my family, a shadow of the joy of fellowship and communion that await us in Heaven!

 

Psalms 123-125; Hebrews 6

Posted October 13, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Hebrews 6:4-8 For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened and tasted the heavenly gift and shared in the holy Spirit and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to bring them to repentance again, since they are recrucifying the Son of God for themselves and holding him up to contempt. Ground that has absorbed the rain falling upon it repeatedly and brings forth crops useful to those for whom it is cultivated receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is rejected; it will soon be cursed and finally burned.

That it is “impossible” to apostatize and later repent is rabbinic hyperbole, because we know Christ is an “infinite ocean of mercy” – his own words to Saint Faustina, and that with God all things are possible.  But it reflects the utter seriousness of participating in the enlightenment of the Sacraments, and later totally turning away.

Psalms 120-122; Hebrews 5

Posted October 10, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Uncategorized

Psalm 122:1 I rejoiced when they said to me “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

This is a Dirty Harry Callahan opportunity moment to “Just ask yourself…”.  Just ask yourself about how you feel when you roll out of bed on Sunday morning.  Do you have a sense of anticipation – even of joy?  Or do you groan about the chore of having to go to Mass?  That’s a great “temperature check” of where you are in your spiritual life.  You need to get where you feel some excitement about the opportunity to be in the presence of Jesus.  Maybe it starts with a simple prayer upon arising – or even before arising – like “Good morning Jesus, I believe in you, I adore you, I hope in you, I love you, and am excited to be with you today!”  And then get up, but don’t look too closely in the bathroom mirror.  At least for me that can destroy any beginnings of a jolly mood.

Psalms 117-119; Hebrews 4

Posted October 5, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Hebrews 4:9-11 Therefore, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. And whoever enters into God’s rest, rests from his own works as God did from his. Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.

“God made the Sabbath for man, not man for the Sabbath” so says Jesus to the Pharisees.  How much a happier society we would be if everyone took a break on Sunday (apologies Seventh-Day Adventists), went to church, and refrained from mercantile pursuits.  Of course some have to work: nurses, first responders, police, NFL players (“Are you not entertained?!”).  I am always amused by articles about Chick Fil-A, which inevitable quote some Wall Street wonk who bemoans how much money the company leaves on the table by not being open on Sunday.  The other six days those restaurants are cash machines, staffed by hustling, smiling, agreeable people who seem to be enjoying what they are doing.  I believe that organization is reaping the blessings of the Sabbath rest, regardless of what one’s spreadsheet might say – call me crazy….but just call me.

Psalms 114-116; Hebrews 3

Posted October 3, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Psalm 115:2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”  Why indeed.  Yuri Gagarin supposedly said something like it from his Soviet space capsule (he didn’t actually) as he viewed the earth.  To paraphrase Edward G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments, “Where’s your Russian empire now Yuri?  Myeh…” How’s atheistic communism working out for everybody?  Any workers paradises out there?  I tease, I joke Commies.  According to The New York Times, sex was better for women under socialism:

So if you are having better wild tree-swinging monkey love, who does indeed need God?  Just askin’.  Forgive me, it’s early and I haven’t had coffee since my surgery June 1st.  I’m a bit grumpy.

God bless you all, and let’s continue to pray for the victims and their families of the Las Vegas shooting, and for the world in general.  As that old Cat Stevens song says, ah this a  world she’s burnin’ fast.

 

Psalms 111-113; Hebrews 2

Posted September 28, 2017 by Thomas Walker
Categories: Catholicism, Faith

Psalm 111:10 The feat of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it.  Your praise endures forever.

To the Hebrews “fear of the Lord” was reverence for God, the practice of the virtue of religion.  We can be hard on Catholics we perceive as “clock in, clock out”; you know, the ones who sincerely want an answer to the question “How late can I come and how soon can I leave for Mass to ‘count’?”  But at least to some degree they are practicing the virtue of religion.  When tempted by the the sin of pride in judging such people I remind myself we are all on pilgrimage, and we can be changed by our experiences along that Emmaus road we travel, and I remind myself that I was once such a person, and still a long, long way from being considered any kind of a saint.  But everyone in Heaven is a saint, so to get past Security (big beefy angels who look and speak like Mr. T)  I have to keep working on becoming one.