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Reflections by Fr Anthony Crook RAN | Monday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

Link to today’s readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090621.cfm

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a short section from Psalm 62. The psalm has 13 verses, and today in our readings we read vv. 6-7, & 9, with v. 8 (In God is my safety and glory) serving as the response.[1]

Psalm 62, like Ps 61, expresses our confidence in God’s divine protection, and it is from this vantage point that we bring our prayer reflection to the psalm.

In God is my safety and my glory                                                

Only in God be at, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed                                              

 

·    What is it that I really need ‘rest from’ at this present. Yes, we all need rest from the strains of the pandemic, but what expressly for me at this present moment do I need rest from?

·    What the hopes deep within my heart, for myself, for the world, for troubled places, for healthcare workers, for my family?

·    What are the areas of my life, faith, and being that I need God’s strength in? There’s no point having a ‘stronghold’ if you don’t place your valuables in it!

 

In God is my safety and my glory.

Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!

 

·    How deeply is it that I trust God’s good will and providence for me in all things?

·    What is it that I need to pour out to God at this present time? (‘Pouring out’ isn’t the controlled action of either our hearts or our minds, but the unfettered giving over to God of those things pressing most deeply on us.

·   How is it, if at all, that I really understand God to be my refuge? What do I need to pray for so that I can let God be my refuge?

In God is my safety and my glory.

 

[1] Other translations use ‘salvation’ rather than safety.