I want to dwell in the house of the Lord all my days.

Friday, 12/2/11

This is one of those days when the Responsorial Psalm offers wonderful food for  prayer. Psalm 27 tells us, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?” That reminds me of a survey of post-menopausal women published last week. It gave statistics that showed that ladies without the habit of attending church have bouts of depression twice as often as church-going ladies. I suppose it is the same with men facing their middle-age crises.

Anyway, the Psalm goes on, “One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” What I like about that line is that it clarifies things for me. My thoughts about what I want out of life have been drifting around, but now that line from the Psalm makes it clear for me. What I want most in life is to live all my days in the Lord’s house. By gum! I’m going to make sure I never go away.

The psalm recognizes the fact that church-going is not always enough to keep a person free from sorrow. The psalm urges us to hold on: “Wait for the Lord with courage: be stouthearted and wait for the Lord.” Over the years we have come to know that the Lord is always waiting for us at the end of the tunnel.

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