Today is Friday 8th February, in the Fourth week of Ordinary time.
The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing Psalm 90: You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, say to the Lord, ‘my refuge, my stronghold, my god in whom I trust.’ … Under his wings you will find refuge.You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day….Upon you no evil shall fall….For you he has commanded his angels, to keep you in all your ways.
Today’s reading is from the letter to the Hebrews.
We live in difficult times. Many of us are facing financial difficulties right now, dealing with uncertainty about the future – even unemployment and homelessness. If things go badly for me it’s all too easy to blame God for not looking after me. Can you think of a time when you might have done this?
Then again, if I am all right while others are suffering around me, I can feel overcome by guilt, denial or defensiveness. The author of the letter to the Hebrews lived in an equally precarious world. But he managed somehow to hold it all before the Lord. To live it side by side with a keen awareness of God present in it all. It’s a spirituality that could well inspire us today. As you hear his words, note any of the examples he gives of mutual love which strikes you afresh today. How does it make you feel? ... What does it make you desire?
As you hear the reading a second time, ask yourself how God could be asking you to respond to the fragility you see in the world around you. Where could you pay more attention? What do you want to honour? What might you need to let go of?
So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" These are powerful words, whether they are easy for us to say or not. Whether we have such confidence or not. You might like to bring this prayer to an end by speaking with the Lord, by confiding in Him, or simply praising Him for being such a faithful helper.