Whatsoever is Holy on Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
When we purchased our 3.91 acres in rural Missouri, I remember reading this passage. Every time it comes up in the readings, I think back to that year – the year we built our home.
It has welcomed each of our grown children back home. It has become a favorite place for six grandchildren to meet and play.
It has been a blessing.
The land, more than anything, is the blessing. There is so much open space for little boys and girls to run, play frisbee and kick soccer balls.
But we know who to thank for this land and this life we have been given.
I’m not saying we are just or wholehearted in our service to the Lord. We try. But we also fail.
Our choices have not always been smart – financially.
We have not always trusted the Lord and found our delight in Him.
And yet, our underlying desire is to be all these things.
Trust in the Lord and do good, that [we] may dwell in the land and be fed in security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will grant [us our] heart’s requests. The Lord watches over the lives of the wholehearted; [our] inheritance lasts forever. By the Lord are the steps of a man made firm, and he approves [our] way. Turn from evil and do good, that [we] may abide forever; The just shall possess the land and dwell in it forever. (Responsorial Psalm)
While this is about our eternal home…
While the passage was originally a word for the Chosen People and the Promised Land…
It is also about today.
My God, we have been given so much.