Our Hope

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD–for he proclaims peace
To his people, and to his faithful ones,
and to those who put in him their hope.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.

The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
(Psalm 85:9, 11-12, 13-14)

Scripture Study

85:9 those who put in him their hope Refers to those who honor God by worshiping Him and following His commandments.

85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth Israel is faithful to God from below; justice shall look down from heaven God cares for Israel from above.

85:13 Justice shall walk before him This phrase may have an intentional double meaning: God’s righteousness (tsedeq in Hebrew) enables Israel’s faithfulness, and Israel’s righteousness makes it so that Yahweh can express His love without violating His character (compare vv. 10–11).

Scripture Reflection

This description of salvation is one of the most beautiful to be found in Scripture. “The people of the Old Covenant experienced this misery [of sin] from the time of the Exodus, when they set up the golden calf. The Lord himself triumphed over this act of breaking the Covenant when he solemnly declared to Moses that he was a ‘God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’ (Ex 34:6). It is in this central revelation that the chosen people, and each of its members, will find, every time that they have sinned, the strength and the motive for turning to the Lord to remind him of what he had exactly revealed about himself and to beseech his forgiveness.

Thus, in deeds and in words, the Lord revealed his mercy from the very beginnings of the people which he chose for himself; and, in the course of its history, this people continually entrusted itself, both when stricken with misfortune and when it became aware of its sin, to the God of mercies. All the subtleties of love become manifest in the Lord’s mercy towards those who are his own.”

– Saint Pope John Paul II, Dives in misericordia, 4

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