Monday, February 7, 2011

Great Indeed!

Genesis 1:1-19
Psalm 104:1-2,5-6,10,12,24,35,36
Mark 6:53-56

I sometimes wonder if we really value the Book of Psalms enough. After all, it is the only book of the entire Bible, the gospels included, that is read at every Mass throughout the year. While the gospels certainly provide us with the beautiful story of the Life of Jesus Christ, the psalms provide for us the words to really pray with Christ. They encompass every human emotion somewhere in the book and often have a way of speaking the words that our hearts feel and yet are unable to voice.

In the responsorial psalm today, we hear the words of Psalm 104 being spoken in our midst and the challenge is to make those words our own and to make the sentiments behind them our own - the Lord is great! We begin by speaking to our soul: Bless the Lord my soul! And our soul responds, 'O Lord, my God, you are great indeed!' This is what the Lord wants us to experience - His greatness. The fact that He has made all creation out of nothing and has set order to the universe, as we heard in the reading from Genesis. He made all of these things and for what? I would suggest the answer ought to be 'for whom?' And I would further suggest that answer would be 'For you and for me.' He made all creation to sustain us and give us joy, but most of all to help us to see His glory in a small way now so as to prepare us for all that is to come. So why not take a moment today and make these words of the Psalm our own and simply let our soul bless the Lord?