Have mercy on me, O God; have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. In the shadow of your wings I take refuge, till harm pass by.

Today’s responsorial psalm really hit home for me.  I have been praying for a number of close family and friends who now battle daily with cancer.  In addition to that, a couple of priests whom we know are facing the death of their fathers.  I have learned that in times of stress, in times of sorrow the best place to turn is to Jesus, the Holy Spirit and our heavenly Father.  They are the source and summit of all graces.  Today and everyday I will offer a pray for those I know who are facing their illness’ and death and pray that they too look to our Triune God to pull them through.

Psalm 57

1 For the director. Do not destroy.* A miktam of David, when he fled from Saul into a cave.a

I

2 Have mercy on me, God,

have mercy on me.

In you I seek refuge.

In the shadow of your wings* I seek refuge

till harm pass by.b

3 I call to God Most High,

to God who provides for me.

4 May God send help from heaven to save me,

shame those who trample upon me.

May God send fidelity and mercy.

Selah

5 I must lie down in the midst of lions

hungry for human prey.c

Their teeth are spears and arrows;

their tongue, a sharpened sword.d

6 Be exalted over the heavens, God;

may your glory appear above all the earth.e

II

7 They have set a trap for my feet;

my soul is bowed down;

They have dug a pit before me.

May they fall into it themselves!f

Selah

8 My heart is steadfast, God,

my heart is steadfast.

I will sing and chant praise.g

9 Awake, my soul;

awake, lyre and harp!

I will wake the dawn.*h

10 I will praise you among the peoples, Lord;

I will chant your praise among the nations.i

11 For your mercy towers to the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the skies.j

12 Exalt yourself over the heavens, God;

may your glory appear above all the earth.

Do something great for our Lord today, join me in my prayer for my friends and family; join in prayer for your friends and family.  Pray that God’s will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

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