Sunday, October 2, 2011

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time and Psalm 38

Readings are here.

Okay, first, we have this part of the second reading:
Php 4:6-7  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
That first bit?  That's saying not to be anxious.  We have a commandment from God to not be anxious.  I struggle with that all the time.  I worry about things that might come to pass or might not.  Runs in the family.  But we should stop.  What's the worst thing that can possibly happen? We die?  AND GET TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH JESUS?  Yes, when put in that context, I see the validity in not being anxious.  I need to pray more about this, which, incidentally, Paul says is the cure for anxiety anyway.  Pray more and God keeps your mind on Jesus.

The second part of that passage:
Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
If we look back to my earlier posts about keeping our mind on things that are peaceful, we can see that this is towards that.  He doesn't say to think on them when you have free time, he says to think of these wonderful things period.

The Gospel reading is closely connected to the first reading (as is the norm, if you were not aware).  Both reference a vineyard and what happens to it after it is all ready to go.

Onto Psalm 38!
A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied. They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is. Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.
(Psa 38:1-22)

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