Mass Reading & Meditation for April 5, 2013
Meditation: Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27
Friday within the Octave of Easter
His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)
The crowd roars. The announcer’s voice, hoarse and triumphant, rasps out, “They’ve done it! They have won the game!” We’ve all heard that nearly tangible shout of victory. That’s what this psalm proclaims, too. In an unlikely victory over Egypt, God led the underdog Hebrews out of slavery. “He did it! His mercy endures forever!”
This victory cry is as suitable today as it was thousands of years ago. God is good all the time, and he still leads and delivers, heals and saves his children.
That God’s steadfast love endures forever literally means it lasts from all time, to all time. It never fails or disappears. In fact, he delights in showering his mercy and love on us, just as much now as he did in the time of Moses. Think about it for a moment. You have many reasons to join in the victory shout: healing and deliverance; comfort and consolation; wisdom and insight!
And so …
Let all who know they are forgiven say, “His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who have been delivered from any form of addiction say, “His mercy endures forever!”
Let those who have been healed of any illness or disease say, “His mercy endures forever!”
Still, the heart of our joyful shout rests in something even greater than these blessings. We all have cause to rejoice because Jesus has saved us from sin. He has opened heaven and made it possible for us to have a relationship with God. We rejoice because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. And that Spirit dwells in us to guide, encourage, and strengthen us—even when illness, imprisonment, or unemployment is clearly winning a “victory” over our human estate.
And so …
Let those in prison say, “His mercy endures forever!”
Let those in hospital beds say, “His mercy endures forever!”
Let those who grieve and mourn say, “His mercy endures forever!”
In fact, let all the readers of The Word Among Us say, “His mercy endures forever!”
“Father, your mercy endures forever! Open my eyes to see and rejoice in it today.”
Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14