Not finding that quote in Today’s Readings? Look just a little closer…
Why did the Gentiles rage
and the peoples entertain folly?
The kings of the earth took their stand
and the princes gathered together
against the Lord and against his anointed.
My brother John and I, along with my other siblings, have been texting about some song writers who we find inspiring. Names like Ray Repp (one of my favorites from my childhood), Marty Haugen (my brother John’s favorite) – Sebastian Temple, Bernadette Farrell, the list could go on. But when I read from the first reading, Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples entertain folly? my mind went immediately to Rich Mullins – one of my all time favorite Christian song writers – a man who died much too early in his life. I’ve posted his song While the Nations Rage (that shows the lyrics too)…I don’t think I could find anything more appropriate to write about or share with you this morning.
Do something great for our Lord today – (from While the Nations Rage) walk in faith and remember long ago how they killed Him and then how on the third day He arose. Well, things may look bad and things may look grim but all these things must pass except the things that are of Him…
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.
Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly on us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.