Day 46: Set Apart for God

Exodus 30:22-23 Blessed oil is used in several of the Sacraments of the Church including the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Anointing signifies a consecration to inaugurate a particular MISSION and is a sign of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew messiah, which means “the anointed one” (in Greek, christos, meaning “christ”), is the title of Jesus as the Anointed One promised by God to redeem the world. (CCC 436, 453, 1293-1294)

Ch 31:15-17 The Sabbath ordinance is repeated, again asking the people to set the Sabbath apart for worship, to contemplate and acknowledge the magnificence of God’s creation, and to recall Israel’s liberation from the oppression of the Egyptians. (CCC 2171)

Ch 31:18 The hymn Veni Creator Spiritus refers to the Holy Spirit as the “finger of the Father’s right hand”; It is sung at Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Pentecost and many other events in the Church’s life when the Holy Spirit’s assistance is sought. (CCC 700, 2056)

Psalm 115 Our God is in...whatever he pleases: This psalm acclaims powerfully the God of Israel as the one true God, while the other alleged deities are mere inanimate objects of human origin. God who is Almighty knows no rival to his power. Furthermore, God, in his infinite love and might, provides for the needs of his people, both physical and spiritual. Those who make them are like them: Just as the graven images of idols are spiritually lifeless, so is the case among those who worship them. 

May you be blessed...heaven and earth: The term “heaven and earth” means ALL creation. God alone made all that exists and, therefore, is the source of knowledge of every created thing in relation to himself. He reveals himself through creation since the effect of any work reflects its cause. This indirect revelation of God through his creation was greatly enhanced through his direct Revelation to the people of Israel. (CCC 268-269, 287, 303, 325-327, 2112)

Whenever Israel was defeated in battle or easel to foreign lands, the taunt from its pagan neighbors would be heard: “Where is your God now?” Periodically, the Lord would allow foreign powers to have their way with his people, causing them great suffering. However, God permitted these hardships to provoke a repentance by which they would commit themselves again to the fidelity to the covenant. Here, the psalmist spoke with the wisdom gleaned from Israel’s long history: God is our help and shield who saves and defends us. The pagans have no validity to their taunting; their gods are inanimate objects made by human hands, while the God of Israel is the ETERNAL AND LIVING GOD, Ever-present and All-powerful. (Cf. St. John Paul II, General Audience, September 1, 2004)

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

Prayer by Fr Mike: “Father in Heaven, we do give you praise right now and forevermore, as you continue to reveal your heart to us, as you continue to recall us to give you our hearts and you make those hearts holy, because you are the Lord and you are the one who makes us holy. You are the one who is the source of all goodness. Every time we come into contact with you, we come into contact with true goodness. Help us, Lord, today to hear your word and to allow that word to transform our minds, to transform our hearts, and to transform the way that we see this world. We make this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”