I’m more than ever convinced that God is indeed all-knowing. He knows what we’re going through now, and has predestined that His Word that comes to us in these times are those that will encourage us. If you carefully follow the Church’s readings these past days, you’ll agree with me that the Word of God is indeed alive and active and no matter the age and people it was intended for it is relevant and meaningful to all at all times and ages. The Word of God is unchanging but always new, like God, because it is His own Words.
Today, in the face of our current situation, the Psalm for today’s liturgy, Psalm 46, is so timely. I urge you to read the psalm again, slowly, and let the words sink and dissolve into your heart, imbibe every single word and move with it. It will throw a new light onto your path, redirect your efforts and help you rest in God in the face of this pandemic. The response to the psalm says: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.” In other words, the Lord of war or of the army or of the entire creation is with us; the God who is known for His works or love and care for Jacob is our security or refuge.
The president of America said the nation is at war and the enemy is the Corona virus. If we are at war, then we should be encouraged, filled with hope for the Lord of war, the Master of war, the Expert at war, God is on our side; He is with us. St. Paul tells us, “if God is for us who can be against us.” (Rom 8:31) It is the trust and confidence that the psalmist has in this God that he has made Him his secure height. I also call you to trust and have confidence in this God so that we make Him our secure height in this time of war against the Corona virus.
The beauty of the psalm is that it is relevant to our days because it is the Word of God and speaks to each one of us as if addressing us now. The psalm says God is an ever-present help in time of distress: so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the mountains quake to the heart of the sea. This is a special message, especially to those of us who are filled with some fear or panic, that we don’t need to fear or panic because God is for us a refuge and strength.
It’s my prayer that you will find in this psalm encouragement and hope so that we in turn become hope and bring life to wherever we find ourselves. Where there is hope there is life.
Our first reading and gospel also talk about the freshness, newness and healing that water brings. Let’s therefore pray to Christ, who is the Living Water himself, to refresh our souls and sprinkle himself on our world that we may be healed.
(Ezekiel 47:1-9,12; Ps 46; Jn 5:1-16)
KEEPING YOU ALL IN PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU AND PLEASE STAY AT HOME.