Merry Christmas everyone!
The 150 Psalms of David are sometimes called “journey songs” for they express a wide range of prayers and praise as God’s people progress throughout the length of their days. Even the Lord Jesus sang the Psalms! At various times of our life one or more of these “songs” might touch our hearts more than another and even one might become a favorite. Almost universally is a love for the 23rd Psalm. Many can recite the words from heart knowing that the “Lord is my shepherd” who leads me through the “valley of the shadow of death.” How touching this image is during the days of Christmas as we remember that it was to the shepherds (and their sheep) who first beheld the face of the infant Savior!
Throughout the Christmas season we sing Psalm 98 with its wonderful verse, “All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.” It speaks of how God has made his salvation known in the sight of every nation and of how, from him, we have come to know what true justice and kindness is! How wonderful it is that we come to know the gift of salvation from the Lord alone! Salvation comes to us wrapped in different ways through the Lord Jesus; in the infant in the manger, from the crucified on the Cross and in the risen Lord who breaks the bonds of sin and death.
Thus, wherever we might be on our life journey, we are called to sing the Psalms and to recognize the Lord Jesus! To the young and innocent, he is found and recognized in the stable. To those who are searching for meaning and direction, he is found and recognized in the waters of the Jordan. To the sinner and to those who have given up, he is found and recognized on the Cross. And, to the hopeful, he is found and recognized before the empty tomb.
As a new day dawns on our life journey, so we pray:
Eternal God and Father of Light, a child is born for us and a Son is given to us. Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of her God. Open our hearts to receive his life and increase our vision with the rising of dawn, that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace!
Wherever you may be along the path to find Jesus, we are grateful to God that you have shared this special day with us here at Blessed Sacrament Church! We pray that your journey will be safe, that through God’s holy people you will feel the warmth of his love, and, that maybe even here, you might find your spiritual home!