by Father Don O’Reilly, St. James Catholic Church
Against a false friend
Psalm 55; part 3
As for me, I will cry to God and the Lord will save me.
Evening, morning or at noon I will cry and lament,
He will deliver my soul in peace in the attack against me;
for those who fight me are many, but he hears my voice.
God will hear and will humble them, the eternal judge;
for they will not amend their ways. They have no fear of God.
Entrust your cares to the Lord and he will support you.
He will never allow the just man to stumble.
O Lord, I will trust in you.
Lord Jesus, you were rejected by your people, betrayed by the kiss of a friend, and deserted by your disciples. Give us the confidence that you had in the Father and our salvation will be assured.
Speaking in a commentary on Job, Pope St. Gregory the Great, tells us, “On the other hand, it is the wisdom of the just never to pretend anything for show, to love the truth as it is and to avoid what is false, to do what is right without reward and to be more willing to put up with evil that to perpetrate it, not to seek revenge for wrong, and to consider as gain any insult for truth’s sake.”
Let the light of your face shine on me, O Lord;
… teach me your paths to holiness, O God.
May our Heavenly Father bless you and your families.