The Light of Life

Scripture Reading

Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
(Psalm 1:1-2, 3-4, 6)


Scripture Study

1:1 The way: a common biblical term for manner of living or moral conduct (Ps 32:8; 101:2, 6; Prv 2:20; 1 Kgs 8:36).

1:2 The law of the Lord: either the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, or, more probably, divine teaching or instruction.

1:4 The wicked: those who by their actions distance themselves from God’s life-giving presence.[1]

Scripture Reflection

This first psalm expresses the feeling of a man who is lifting his eyes to the entire state of the world and considering how some do well, while others fail. It teaches that life is a journey through time; living chooses a particular route for existence. It uses the great biblical metaphor of the “way,” a road or path that one follows.

Within all the individuality that our lives express, there are ultimately only two ways for the journey to take, the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. The first way leads to the fulfillment of life through the connection of the believer to the ways of the Lord. The second way is really an illusion, as it has no more substance than chaff that the wind drives away.

The question to ponder in this season of Advent is, “What path have you taken?” It is never too late to change your path and destination. You just need to make a different choice of what true fulfillment is all about.  

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV. 




[1] Donald Senior, John J. Collins, and Mary Ann Getty, eds., The Catholic Study Bible, 2nd Ed.: Notes, 2nd ed., vol. 2 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 728-729.