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A Psalm of Trust

PSALM 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills -- from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.


THANKS TO CATHOLIC.NET, far as i am from where our new pope is, i can still benefit from his teaching wisdom.

According to Zenit, our Holy Father said today [4 May] in a commentary on Psalm 120(121), "All our activity, summarized in the two extreme verbs of 'going out' and 'coming in' is always under the Lord's vigilant gaze, every act of ours and all our time, 'both now and forever'."

"The passage he commented on 'is a Psalm of trust,' Benedict XVI told the 15,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. "God, whose name is repeatedly invoked, emerges as the 'keeper' always awake, careful and solicitous, the 'sentinel' who watches over his people to protect them from every risk and danger," he explained.

"The Pope, putting his prepared text aside, contrasted the high places of the Bible where God dwells, with those that can be identified elsewhere with world pursuits such as "wealth, power, prestige and comfortable life; high places that are temptations, because they really appear as the promise of life."

" "But we, with our faith, know it's not true, that these high places are not life," the Holy Father said. "True life, true help comes from the Lord and, during our pilgrimage, our gaze is directed to the authentic high place, to the true mountain: Christ," he said spontaneously.

"Psalm 120(121) presents God's loving presence with three thought-provoking images, the Holy Father added, returning to his prepared text. The first is that of the keeper or sentinel, as the "Divine Shepherd does not rest in watching over his people."

"The second image proposed by the Psalm to explain divine protection is that of 'shade', which recalls the 'march in the Sinai desert', when the Lord went before Israel "in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way," Benedict XVI said.

"In the third image, the Lord appears "at the 'right hand' of his faithful one," that is, he assumes "the position of the defender, both military as well as in a trial" to give us "the certainty of not being abandoned in the time of trial, of the assault of evil, of persecution."

"For the Pope, the believer's conclusion is clear after contemplating this Psalm: "God will protect us with his love in every instant, keeping our life from all evil." "


by tree#138680 on Sat May 07 05 1:17 am | profile

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