June 3, St. Charles Lwanga
Blessed the man who fears the Lord. — Psalm 112:1
Mass Readings: Tobit 1:3; 2:1b-8/Mark 12:1-12
Today’s responsorial verse — “Blessed the man who fears the Lord” — has two words that can grate on some ears. The first is “man,” the second is “fears.” The former can cause all kinds of debate. And the latter can be ammunition for atheists and anti-religionists. “What kind of a God would want me to fear him!” (Or her or it.) A large part of the problem is English is a “living language.” Definitions shift over time and some become antiquated or obsolete.
“Fear of the Lord,” which is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, means proper respect for God. Not dread, but the kind of love one shows parents. We want to do what’s right not because we’re afraid of punishment but because it’s a way we show our love for them.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all who taught me about You and about love.
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