November 23, 2020

Today’s focus is on the responsorial Psalm, Psalm 24:1-6. History tells us that this psalm was sung on the first day of each week of Temple. It basically asks who is worthy of joining this celebration of worship. The answer is found in verse 4 of who may ascend the mountain and stand in His holy place. “He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.”

I don’t know about you, but that leaves me out. My hands are not sinless, my heart is not clean, and I have desired what is vain. Actually, the bible states in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Where does that leave us then?

Thank God the answer is in the next two verses, or I’d be looking for a while. “He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, a reward from God his savior. Such is the race that seeks for him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.”

The Old Testament foretells the New Testament. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

As the Old Testament people awaited their Messiah, the New Testament people have their Messiah in Jesus. He is the blessing from God; He is the reward from God. It is Jesus whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.

Putting our faith in Him, we have eternal life, and when the Father looks at us, He sees His Son.

Father Eymard is to be listened to: “My boast, my strength, my whole life is in Christ Jesus; without Him, I am only myself.”

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, help us all to put our faith and trust in your Son Jesus. We ask this through His precious name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.