Day 128: Mighty Men of Valor

1 Chronicles 10:1-19 The Syrians allied themselves with the Ammonites against Israel, but Joab’s army managed to defeat them on both fronts. David then defeated a rejuvenated Syrian force, causing Syria to seek peace with Israel.

1 Chronicles 13:1-14 The transport of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem was a profoundly religious event that established Jerusalem as the religious center of Israel. The story re-emphasizes the unity of all Israel under David.

Psalm 31 This psalm expresses great anguish yet at the same time expresses trust and hope for deliverance by God.

Into your hand I commit my spirit: Words similar to these were spoken by Christ on the Cross just before his Death (cf. Lk 23:46), indicating that his own Death was at hand as he continued to identify himself with his Father’s will. (CCC 2605)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

“Lord, help me to live in your presence. Help me to have a mind that’s attentive to you, that recognizes where you are both in sacred spaces like churches, and sacred spaces like the Blessed Sacrament. But also in common spaces where you still exist. Lord God still dwells. You are still present in all places. Even right now.”

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and we thank you. We are reminded by your Word today to love you. As David said, ‘Love the Lord, all you His Saints.’ To love you, God, is our highest good. It’s our highest duty. It’s our highest call. It’s our highest honor, to be able not only to be loved by you, but to love you in return, which makes no sense whatsoever, God, that you would even care. Why would you even care that we love you? And yet, it matters. And yet, our tokens of affection, even our small gestures of love, our small gestures of faithfulness, our gestures of worship, even this podcast, Lord allowing us to hear your Word, you receive that. You receive that as a gift of love to you and we think, ‘Oh my gosh, Lord, you’re the one who is loving us by speaking your word into our minds and our hearts and to our ears and to our lives’. And yet, you see this and you receive it as our act of love to you, our act of thanksgiving, our act of worship to you to simply allow you to speak to us. So Lord, we just want to give you love in return for the love you have given us. So please, help us to love you this day. Love the Lord, all you his Saints. Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”