Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Meditation on Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun.

The Lord has heard our cry in the burning and unforgiving desert of sin. Our mighty king and counselor has run his race from the ends of the heavens to the virginal birth of Mary – whom all generations call blessed. His words are sweeter than honey, and they alone convert and quiet troubled souls. He has tabernacled us in the heavenly floods of baptism. And He has sent his help through the sanctuary, flying out from the temple curtain to bind His flesh to the Church. The long line of pastors have gone out through all the earth, and His words to the end of the world. The gospel is being proclaimed - that God intervenes to those wandering in the desert of their own transgressions. Cleanse thou me from secret faults! Hear my confession that I may be upright and acceptable to you Lord! Our Lord prays from the cross and intercedes for us, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do!” When it is finished, Christ servants continue to speak the words commanded to them, “I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Go in Peace.” It is finished. The forty day period of Lent originally developed in the Church to prepare catechumens for their baptism at the Easter vigil. This Lenten season we continue the same practice as the ancient church, for we are likewise, preparing for birth and consummation in Holy Waters. In baptism we reach a dead end in heaven where God has stretched out an infinite firmament painted in blood. Jesus went out to the desert to be tempted. He was raised to the pinnacle of the temple, only to scoff at the devil, rebuking him with the Holy Scriptures. He repulsed the riots and lies of Satan. He fasted for forty days and lay in the tomb for forty hours. His testimony is sure, making wise the simple. Now that our Lord has paid the price and settled all debts, we can live in the life of promise and holy abstinence.

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