The Great Healer

As Jesus approached Jericho
a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him,
“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent,
but he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
(Luke 18:35-43)

Scripture Study

18:35–43. The blind man of Jericho is quick to use the opportunity presented by Christ’s presence. We should not neglect the Lord’s graces, for we do not know whether he will offer them to us again. St Augustine described very succinctly the urgency with which we should respond to God’s gift, to his passing us on the road: “Timeo Jesum praetereuntem et non redeuntem: I fear Jesus may pass by and not come back.” For, at least on some occasion, in some way, Jesus passes close to everyone.

The blind man of Jericho acclaims Jesus as the Messiah—he gives him the messianic title of Son of David—and asks him to meet his need, to make him see. His is an active faith; he shouts out, he persists, despite the people getting in his way. And he manages to get Jesus to hear him and call him. God wanted this episode to be recorded in the Gospel, to teach us how we should believe and how we should pray—with conviction, with urgency, with constancy, in spite of the obstacles, with simplicity, until we manage to get Jesus to listen to us.

“Lord, let me receive my sight”: this simple ejaculatory prayer should be often on our lips, flowing from the depths of our heart. It is a very good prayer to use in moments of doubt and vacillation, when we cannot understand the reason behind God’s plans, when the horizon of our commitment becomes clouded. It is even a good prayer for people who are sincerely trying to find God but who do not yet have the great gift of faith.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, today in the Gospel passage we see Jesus’ mercy toward the blind man as a hallmark of his ministry. Jesus comes as healer, savior, inaugurator of the kingdom. He is the embodiment of hope. Jesus wanted to connect human suffering to the very source of life and health. The energy of God pours through him to the needy.

Now I realize a question may be forming in your mind: “Well, why doesn’t he simply cure everyone, then?” The answer is obviously wrapped up in the mystery of God’s will, but the important point is this: Jesus is healer in many senses, but ultimately in the sense that he heals us from sin and death, not only physical maladies. What appears historically in Jesus is an eschatological anticipation, a hint and foreshadowing of what is coming in God’s time and in God’s way.

– Bishop Robert Barron

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

Given For Others

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“A man going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–
to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
and buried his master’s money.

After a long time
the master of those servants came back
and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents came forward
bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,
‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
harvesting where you did not plant
and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'”
(Matthew 25:14-30)

Scripture Study

25:14 It will be as when … journey: literally, “For just as a man who was going on a journey.” Although the comparison is not completed, the sense is clear; the kingdom of heaven is like the situation here described. Faithful use of one’s gifts will lead to participation in the fullness of the kingdom, lazy inactivity to exclusion from it.

25:15 Talents: literally, “ten thousand talents.” The talent was a unit of coinage of high but varying value depending on its metal (gold, silver, copper) and its place of origin.

25:18 Buried his master’s money: In the unsettled conditions of Palestine in Jesus’ time, it was not unusual to guard valuables by burying them in the ground.

25:20–23 Although the first two servants have received and doubled large sums, their faithful trading is regarded by the master as fidelity in small matters only, compared with the great responsibilities now to be given to them. The latter are unspecified. Share your master’s joy: probably the joy of the banquet of the kingdom; cf. Mt 8:11.

25:26–28 Wicked, lazy servant: this man’s inactivity is not negligible but seriously culpable. As punishment, he loses the gift he had received, that is now given to the first servant, whose possessions are already great.

25:29 In the New Testament use of this axiom of practical “wisdom” (see Mt 25:29; Mk 4:25; Lk 8:18; 19:26), the reference transcends the original level. God gives further understanding to one who accepts the revealed mystery; from the one who does not, he will take it away (note the “theological passive,” more will be given, what he has will be taken away).

25:30 Matthew inserts into the story about the entrance of Gentiles into the kingdom and the exclusion of those Israelites who, though descended from the patriarchs and members of the chosen nation (the children of the kingdom), refused to believe in Jesus. There will be wailing and grinding of teeth: the first occurrence of a phrase used frequently in this gospel to describe final condemnation (Mt 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30). It is found elsewhere in the New Testament only in Lk 13:28.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, today’s Gospel gives us the challenging parable of the talents. A man goes on a journey, but before leaving he entrusts his money to three of his servants. To one he gives five talents, to a second, two, and to a third, one.

The first man trades with the five talents. The second does the same, and both receive a rich return on their investment. The third man cautiously buries his talent. When the owner returns, he praises the first two servants and gives them greater responsibilities, but the third man he upbraids.

Jesus loved to use examples drawn from the world of business. And he especially liked this dynamic of investment as a model of the spiritual life. The reason is clear, and I’ve said it to you often. God exists in gift form. Therefore, if you want his life in you, you have to learn to give it away. Think of the talents as everything that we’ve received from God—life, breath, being, powers. Because they come from God, they are meant to become gifts. If you cling to them, in the manner of the third servant, they don’t grow; in fact, they wither away.

– Bishop Robert Barron

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

Persevere in Love

Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
(Luke 18:1-8)

Scripture Study

18:1 to pray always without becoming weary In anticipation of the events outlined in 17:22–37.

18:2 neither feared God The judge was indifferent toward God’s law.

18:3 Render a just decision for me against my adversary Moses declares that those who refuse justice for widows (among others) shall be opposed by God (Deut 27:19).

18:4 the judge was unwilling The judge did not care about the widow’s plight.

18:5 this widow keeps bothering me The widow’s persistence eventually provoked the judge to grant her request.

18:7 Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones If the repeated petitions of a helpless widow are granted by a dishonest judge, Jesus’ followers can expect that their righteous God in heaven will respond to their cries for justice.

18:8 will he find faith on earth? The widow’s persistence reflected faith that her request would be granted someday. Jesus calls on His followers to demonstrate this same kind of faith as they wait for His return.

Scripture Reflection

What a wonderful lesson on perseverance. Despite facing great adversity, this widow never gave up. She kept trying. She kept bringing her petition forth, and finally, she was heard. As we look at our own lives, persistent in sharing the reason for the joy in our life? Do we tell our story of how Jesus Christ has impacted our lives?

Have we invited our neighbor to explore their own story in the light of the saving grace of Jesus Christ? Have invited them and been turned down? Has this discouraged us so much that we stopped trying?

It may take accompanying someone for a very long period of time; it may take inviting someone 10, 20, maybe 50 or more times before they actually accept your invitation. But if we stop our efforts, if we fail to persist in love, how will they ever experience the joy of finding the unimaginable and transformative love that comes from Christ?

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

A Gospel Patterned Preparation

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”
(Luke 17:26-37)

Scripture Study

17:26 the days of Noah A time of judgment, when humanity was destroyed by the flood due to its depravity (Gen 6:5–8).

17:28 the days of Lot Another reference to divine judgment, when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed due to their wickedness (Gen 19:23–29).

17:30 So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed Throughout the passage, Jesus is comparing His future return in glory to the divine judgment carried out in the days of Noah and Lot (vv. 26, 28). The Son of Man’s revealing will be characterized by destruction of evil and salvation of believers—factors that associate Jesus’ return with the Day of Yahweh envisioned by OT prophets (see Joel 1:15).

17:32 Remember the wife of Lot Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying the angel’s command to not look back (Gen 19:17, 26).

17:33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life Luke records Jesus making a similar statement during His ministry in Galilee (Luke 9:24).

17:37 there also the vultures will gather Jesus’ statement here might reflect a known proverb of His day. In the same way that circling birds signal the presence of a corpse, there will be discernible signs that point to impending divine judgment and Jesus’ return in glory.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, in today’s Gospel passage the Lord compares the clueless behavior of our time with that of Noah. Listen to his warning: “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The coming of the Son of Man will repeat what happened in Noah’s time.'” Those aren’t very reassuring words.

Then he specifies: people were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage right up to the time of the flood. And then, when it came with shocking suddenness, they were destroyed. The end of an old world had arrived, but the inhabitants of that world were clueless. A new world was coming, but the prospective citizens of it had no idea how to prepare for it.

Our version of Noah’s world-destroying flood might be the crashing of a huge comet into the earth. What if we knew that a comet was coming, but we did nothing about it, we adjusted in no way to it? This was the situation of those in Noah’s time and, Jesus suggests, those in his own time. And it’s our situation, too. We must prepare for the Lord’s coming by patterning our lives on the Gospel.

– Bishop Robert Barron

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

Our Suffering

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples,
“The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”
(Luke 17:20-25)

Scripture Study

17:20 when the kingdom of God would come The Pharisees likely are envisioning a political and military kingdom that would be established by overthrowing Judaea’s Roman overlords. cannot be observed Such as acts of worldly power.

17:21 the kingdom of God is among you Refers to Jesus’ ministry (see Luke 11:20; Matt 12:28).

17:22 the days will come Refers to the day of Jesus’ appearing. Luke uses the plural form to correspond with the later references to the days of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26, 28). the Son of Man This title, used frequently by Jesus in reference to Himself, comes from Dan 7:13–14, where it describes an enigmatic figure associated with an everlasting kingdom. but you will not see it Jesus indicates that the disciples will not see His return at the time when they desire it. This is not necessarily referring to a postponement of Jesus’ return but likely is related to His statement about God’s kingdom arriving in ways that cannot be observed (Luke 17:20).

17:24 as lightning flashes Indicating that Jesus’ coming will be sudden and apparent to everyone.

17:25 must suffer greatly Alludes to the fate that awaits Jesus in Jerusalem—His death on the cross.

Scripture Reflection

A recent graduate was getting frustrated with his inability to land a job, despite going to dozens of interviews. Finally, he dashed off the following letter to one of the companies that had rejected him:

Dear Hiring Manager,
Thank you for your letter of March 1. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me a position in your department.
This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.
Despite your companies outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time.
Therefore, I will assume the position in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then. Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

That’s one way to handle rejection! Rejection is a fact of life. Rejection can leave us with dashed hopes and broken dreams, or it could leave us frustrated, angry or bitter.

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln received more votes than Stephen A. Douglas in the race for the Illinois US Senate seat, but the Illinois legislature used some questionable legal maneuvering to send Douglas to Washington instead. Someone asked Lincoln how he felt, and he reportedly replied, “Like the boy who stubbed his toe: I am too big to cry and too badly hurt to laugh.”

The fear of rejection sometimes chains us in a prison of fear, preventing us from seeing our true value and purpose. We need to hold fast to the hope of Christ that the kingdom of God is among us. We are all created for a wonderful purpose. We are all joyfully accepted by our suffering Savior if we but turn to Him.

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

 

Ordered Towards God

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”
(Luke 17:11-19)

Scripture Study

17:11 his journey to Jerusalem Luke reminds his readers that Jesus is still in the midst of His travels. Samaria and Galilee Samaria was between Galilee and Judaea, where Jerusalem was located.

17:12 lepers The Greek word used here could refer to a variety of skin diseases, including leprosy itself. Leprosy damages the skin, nerves, limbs, and eyes. It was thought to be highly contagious in this period and was greatly feared. they stood at a distance Due to the fear of contagion, people with skin diseases were required to withdraw from the community and alert anyone who was approaching. See Num 5:2–3; Lev 13:45–46.

17:13 Jesus, Master, have pity on us Their prior knowledge of Jesus suggests that they are calling for Him to heal them, not begging for alms.

17:14 Go show yourselves to the priests According to the law, people with a skin disease had to be examined by a priest, who would determine whether they were clean or unclean (see Lev 13:1–59 and Lev 14:1–32). they were cleansed Healed of their leprosy and rendered ceremonially clean.

17:16 he fell at the feet of Jesus Paying homage to Jesus as He praises God the Father. he was a Samaritan Luke withholds this detail until now for dramatic effect. Samaritans and Jews despised each other.

17:18 this foreigner Presumably, then, the other nine lepers were Jews. Jesus marvels at their lack of expressed gratitude.

17:19 your faith The faith of one of Israel’s loathed neighbors—a Samaritan—is elevated above the faith of Jews. Jesus often associates faith and healing (e.g., 5:20; 7:9, 50; 8:48; 18:42).

Scripture Reflection

Friends, today’s Gospel recounts the Lord’s healing of ten lepers, only one of whom comes back to give thanks. Leprosy frightened people in ancient times, just as contagious and mysterious diseases frighten people today. But, more than this, leprosy rendered someone unclean and therefore incapable of engaging in the act of worship. It is not accidental that the person responsible for examining the patient in ancient Israel was the priest. The priest’s job was to monitor the whole process of Israelite worship, very much including who could and couldn’t participate in the Temple.

What is so important about worship? To worship is to order the whole of one’s life toward the living God, and, in doing so, to become interiorly and exteriorly rightly ordered. To worship is to signal to oneself what one’s life is finally about. Worship is not something that God needs, but it is very much something that we need.

– Bishop Robert Barron

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

All From Him

Jesus said to the Apostles:
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say,
‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.'”
(Luke 17:7-10)

Scripture Study

17:7–10. Jesus is not approving this master’s abusive and arbitrary behavior. He is using an example very familiar to his audience to show the attitude a person should have towards his Creator: everything, from our very existence to the eternal happiness promised us, is one huge gift from God.

Man is always in debt to God; no matter what service he renders him he can never adequately repay the gifts God has given him. There is no sense in a creature adopting a proud attitude towards God. What Jesus teaches us here we see being put into practice by our Lady, who replied to God’s messenger, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38).

Scripture Reflection

Friends, as is often the case with Jesus’ more difficult parables, we have to pay careful attention to today’s Gospel story. It’s all about justice, which is rendering to each what is due—a good and noble thing. When justice is your primary consideration, you are basically in charge, morally speaking. But what Jesus is doing today in this striking and annoying story is to shake us out of that understanding of our relationship to God.

The point is this: God owes us precisely nothing. Everything we have, including our very existence, is a sheer gift. We are in absolutely no position ever to demand anything of God. To move into this space is to move out of the stance of faith. And so no matter what God asks, the proper response is, “I am an unprofitable servant; I have done what I was obliged to do.”

– Bishop Robert Barron

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

Courage in Faith

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”

And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
(Luke 17:1-6)

Scripture Study

17:2 millstone A large stone used to grind grain in a mill. little ones Likely refers to new or immature believers (compare Matt 18:1–6).

17:3 forgive Forgiving someone who repents is not just an option; it is commanded by Jesus.

17:4 seven times Suggests the need for abundant forgiveness (compare Matt 18:21–22). In response to God’s forgiveness of them, Jesus’ followers should offer forgiveness to those who have wronged them. As with His teaching in Luke 6:27–36, Jesus calls His followers to imitate God by displaying sacrificial love. See Matt 6:14–15.

17:6 a mustard seed A tiny seed that grows into a 10-foot-high shrub that is an example to show us that a minuscule amount of faith can overcome overwhelming obstacles.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, in today’s Gospel we hear Jesus speak about faith. Faith is powerful, for it is a link to the reality of God, the power that made and sustains the cosmos. Sometimes, the power of faith is manifested in spectacular and immediately obvious ways. For example, there is a long tradition of faith healing, stretching back to Jesus himself and through many of the saints. There is also the power of prayer. When some people ask in a spirit of trust, really believing that what they are asking for will happen, it happens.

But, more often than not, the power of faith manifests itself in the courage to face trauma, sickness, even the terror of death. It is the confidence that we are being guided and cared for, even when that guidance and care are not immediately apparent.

– Bishop Robert Barron

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

Steadfast Love

O God, you are my God—
it is you I seek!
For you my body yearns;
for you my soul thirsts,
In a land parched, lifeless,
and without water.

I look to you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
For your love is better than life;
my lips shall ever praise you!

I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands, calling on your name.
My soul shall be sated as with choice food,
with joyous lips my mouth shall praise you!

I think of you upon my bed,
I remember you through the watches of the night
You indeed are my savior,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
(Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8)

Scripture Study

O God, you are my God The psalmist affirms his relationship with God. For you my body yearns The psalmist illustrates his desire for God’s sustaining presence (see 36:8–9). without water The psalmist’s description of his longing for God is intensified by the imagery of a barren wilderness.

63:3 I look to you in the sanctuary The psalmist desires God because he has seen God’s glory and power and knows that nothing is of greater worth. These attributes are evident in God’s sanctuary (qodesh) or temple, the representation of His presence.

63:4 your love is better The psalmist shows his confidence in God by trusting in God’s chesed over his own life.

63:5 as long as I live The psalmist intends to respond to God’s providence and greatness with worship and song for the rest of his life. I will lift up my hands A posture of worship (see 134:2). The psalmist’s confidence in God’s steadfast love leads him to worship God.

63:6 My soul shall be sated Describes the satisfaction found in God. with choice food God more than satisfies the psalmist’s thirst (v. 1); a rich banquet fills his soul.

63:7 think of you upon my bed At night, the psalmist is comforted by remembering God’s faithful protection.

63:8 in the shadow of your wings An image of God’s protection. See note on Ruth 2:12. I will sing for joy A reaction to God’s protection.

63:8 your right hand upholds me Represents God’s power and authority.

Scripture Reflection

Psalm 63 was greatly valued in the early church. It was selected as the morning psalm to introduce the singing of the psalms in the Sunday service. It speaks of the thirst of the soul for God, the quenching of that thirst through the presence of God in the sanctuary, and the response of praise as the expression of life itself.

The prayer contains a truly remarkable confession of faith: “Your [steadfast] love (hesed) is better than life.” The statement is astounding. The psalmist seems to say that God’s faithfulness to him is more valuable than his own life. It is God’s hesed in which the psalms put their trust and hope for the salvation of life.

How can prayer separate God’s faithfulness from the life that depends on it and hold it up for praise as more valuable than that life? It seems that the vision of God and the praise of God carry the psalmist to a point at which prayer transcends the soul and its need to contemplate God alone. Trust becomes for a moment, pure adoration, that leaves the self behind.

This confession was associated with early martyred saints who valued God more than life and gave up their lives rather than deny their testimony. This psalm leads us in prayer to the point of devotion to God alone that must be the goal of all true faith.

– James Mays

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

I Will Praise Your Name Forever

Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
(Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11)

Scripture Study

145:2 praise your name Echoes the psalmist’s statement that he will bless God’s name.

145:3 his greatness is unsearchable Emphasizes that God—along with all of His worthy qualities—is simply too much for people to comprehend.

145:4 your mighty acts This term usually refers to God’s rescue of Israel from enslavement in Egypt (see Exod 7:1–5). Israel regularly worshiped God by remembering His saving actions.

145:5 I will meditate Meditation in the psalms involves considering Yahweh, and then expressing the results of that process. The psalms portray meditation as a sort of worship (see Psa 1).

145:10 All your works May refer to God’s actions on behalf of Israel or His actions in creating and sustaining creation. Psalm 145 includes both ideas. your faithful The word chasid (“faithful” or “pious”) refers to those who live in accordance with God’s chesed (His covenant love).

Scripture Reflection

The psalm praises the name of the LORD by reciting the attributes and actions that comprise the character of the LORD. The LORD is praised every day forever and ever, from one generation to another by all his works and all his faithful for all his words and deeds.

The very character of the LORD tells us that He does not require praise. But the psalmist is overtaken by the unexplainable and unfathomable nature of the LORD and can only shout, “My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD.”

Perhaps we should consider what the ancients said regarding this psalm: “Every one who repeats the song of praise (Tehillah) of David three times a day may be sure that they are a child of the world to come.”  Let us consider then our daily praise the LORD.

– James Mays

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