7/20/08

Word for the Week



For this week's Word, I've "cherry-picked" Sunday's first scripture and the responsorial psalm following it. I'm using Todd's term here to describe choosing particular verses from a larger piece of scripture and presenting it as the whole. It's not my intention here to "hide" any aspect of who God is or how God is revealed in the scriptures. But it's my experience over 35 years of ministry, especially in the sacrament of reconciliation, that many Catholic Christians seem never to have heard of the caring, lenient, indulgent, gracious God who is slow to anger and abounding in kindness. And the last place many Christians expect to encounter such a God is in the pages of the Hebrew scriptures!

So, I make no apology for cherry-picking or highlighting here an image of God that many find hard to believe.

You who have the care of all…
you have not unjustly condemned…
your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all…
you judge with clemency;
and with much lenience you govern us…

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

You are good and forgiving,
abounding in kindness to all who call upon you…
you are great, and you do wondrous deeds…
you alone are God...
you, O LORD, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in kindness and fidelity...
Turn toward me, and have pity on me...
give your strength to your servant…
Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

What images of God are yours? How do those images shape your relationship with God? Is your image of God someone to be feared? Is your image of God someone who loves you? Can you pray with the images in Wisdom 12 and Psalm 86 above? Are there images of God that distance you from the Lord? What images of God draw you closer to the Lord?


-Concord Pastor