Thursday after Ash Wednesday : 27th February 2020

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Happy is the person who hope in the Lord

Thursday after Ash Wednesday : 27th February 2020

Deut. 30:15-20; Ps. 1:1-2,3,4,6;
Lk. 9:22-25 (Ps Wk IV)

Whenever we hear about “mysticism” or “mystical experience”, we inevitably think of it as a rare grace, reserved to great saints and far beyond the expectations of us ordinary Catholics. Yet a spiritual master has taught us that mysticism is nothing more than the full flowering of the virtues, faith, hope and love.

For today’s Mass, we read the first Psalm as our responsorial. This first Psalm may be taken as an essential summary of the doctrine contained in different forms in all the 150 Psalms. Even as a summary, it may also be understood as an elaborate “title” for the Book of Psalms.

The opening words of the first Psalm, “Happy is the person who …” immediately point to a significant purpose of the Psalms, and indeed of the whole Bible, namely, to answer the question: in what does human happiness consist?

The opening phrase instructs us not to follow the counsel of the wicked nor to walk in the way of sinners. These negative injunctions are followed by a very consoling phrase: we are to delight in the law of the Lord, for as the response asserts, “Happy are they who hope in the Lord”.

Lord may our faith always bring us joy as we lovingly put our hope in You alone.

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