“The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
“When the Lord brought back the captives of Zion . . . .” The psalmist who composed and sang this hymn of praise must’ve been walking on air. He (or she) was describing all the great things the Lord had done to bring Israel back from slavery in Babylon, and obviously those returning captives were elated! Now, I wasn’t around for the composition or its first singing, but I’ll bet someone suggested that they better write this down, and so the local scribe when to work. Now, fast forward across hundreds of generations, and Psalm 126 that we proclaim today is a marvelous handiwork that has been passed down to us from our ancestors in the faith.
So what “great things” fill our mouth with laughter and set us dreaming today? Are great things still happening? Sometimes it’s a challenge to find them in this fast-paced year of 2016. Instantaneous access to media displays for us so much sorrow right at our fingertips that we may be compelled to search elsewhere for news of the great things that the Lord is doing for all of us at this very moment. Where to start? The best place is with your worship community. What better place to appreciate the great things the Lord has done for us than with our closest family and friends? Keep them close to your heart as we prepare for Holy Week and the Triduum.
Gracious God, set us free from the trivial matters of this world.
Be with us as we run our race to the finish line that awaits us all.
And please grant us musical patience and stamina
as we complete our preparations for Holy Week and the Triduum. Amen.
Steve Ruiz, LtC, USAF-Retired
Holy Family Catholic Chapel
Maxwell AFB, Alabama