Gaudete! Almost there, but not yet!

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On  the First Sunday of Advent we focused on Psalm 122: A journey in which God gathers every tribe to worship him in his eternal city. Through judges, his decrees are carried out. The following Sunday we explored Psalm 72: Encountering God as a royal king whose best interest are for the well being of the poor. Today, we explore Psalm 146.

This Psalm begins the final doxology of the whole Psalter. It is bookended with ‘Praise the Lord!’ traditionally ‘Hallelujah!’

PS 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10

R. (cf. Is 35:4) Lord, come and save us.

The LORD God keeps faith forever,

secures justice for the oppressed,

gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets captives free.

R. Lord, come and save us.

The LORD gives sight to the blind;

the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.

The LORD loves the just;

the LORD protects strangers.

R. Lord, come and save us.

The fatherless and the widow he sustains,

but the way of the wicked he thwarts.

The LORD shall reign forever;

your God, O Zion, through all generations.

R. Lord, come and save us.

The opening verse of this psalm is omitted for this liturgy. It’s worth noting that the singer begins with his intention to praise God, engaging in an inner dialogue by addressing himself, “Praise the LORD, my soul …” (v. 1)

Psalm 146 will give praise to God for his creation (v. 6) then moves to the Lord doing justice: giving food to the hungry, setting prisoners free (v. 7), and upholding the widow and orphan (v. 9). Why does the psalmist do this?

Turn to v. 1. The psalmist is having an inner dialogue with the soul. The psalmist is looking for God’s aide in time of his own crisis. To mention the exodus or any other historical even is irrelevant to the psalmist. Just as in last week, there is an emphasize that God always stands for the poor.

SO WHAT’S THE POINT? This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, Rejoice Sunday, Rose Sunday. We have hit the midpoint of Advent! We are invited to rejoice for now we turn our attention to the Rose who comes at Christmas.

God identifies with the poor and forgotten to the point in which he enters time as one who is truly poor, poor like us! How do we associate with the poor? Are we busy preparing so much for Christmas that we miss the point of Christ’s coming?

Let’s make time to organize a group to serve the poor either in a soup kitchen or to take up a clothes drive for our Young Adult group. In one sense, we will find Christ as we exchange gifts with those we love and share in the gift of family and friends. A more radical point of consideration is to meet the child of the poor, to meet the King of the poor as we serve the poor in our society, this is a journey inward … A journey into the heart of service! This is how God truly comes to us.

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