Day 94: Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:1-31 Through trickery, Delilah prompted Samson to disclose the secret of his strength, which was in his uncut hair. When he was asleep, Delilah cut his hair, and Samson was immediately weakened and taken captive. His long hair had been the visible sign of his Nazirite vow that signified fidelity to God’s commands, making him God’s instrument and a beneficiary of God’s strength. The removal of his hair resulted in disfavor with God and the subsequent loss of extraordinary strength. His strength was restored as his hair grew back, re-empowering him for his final act against the Philistines. (CCC 1490)

Psalm 147 The final four psalms are effusive in their praise. Though God’s intervention in history is likened to a worker who rebuilds Jerusalem, he is a FATHER FIRST, healing the wounds of his people. God uses his infinite power to lift up the downtrodden and exact justice on the wicked. On account of his many merciful manifestations of love, we offer him praise and thanksgiving for all that he has done. 

“The Lord, therefore, acts with his Word not only in creation but also in history,” said St. John Paul II. “He reveals himself with the silent language of nature but expresses himself in an explicit way through the Bible and his personal communication through the prophets and fully through the Son. They are two different but converging gifts of his love” (St. John Paul II, General Audience, July 23, 2003). (Cf. General Audiences, June 5, 2002, and August 20, 2003)

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

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through The Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we do praise you. We do give you glory. We do lift up your name, because you are THE GOD. You are the God who not only has created all things, you are the source of all being, you are the foundation of all that exists. You are the source of reality and substance and you also reveal your heart to us, which is phenomenal. We can’t even comprehend this, God, so we thank you. You, the God who is above everything, EVERYTHING, The source of EVERYTHING, have chosen to care for us. You have chosen to care about us. You have chosen to reveal your heart to us. Help us to see your heart and to know your heart and to follow your heart and to find our place in your heart this day and every day of our lives. We make this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”