Saint for the day: Anthony of Padua (1195 – June 13, 1231)
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 – Psalm 119 – Matthew 5:13-16
“Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16)
The above captioned quote is from the end of today’s Holy Gospel and very fitting for this time since I just celebrated my 76th Birthday! Even as I sit here and think about what to say I have to be honest and tell you that I never in my wildest imaginations ever thought about living this long. It hit me, though, that I’m now as old as my father was when I looked at him and said, “I don’t think I’ll ever be as old as that!” Yet here I am. And on this day, I will focus on today’s Responsorial Psalm, 119 which I hope can be my theme psalm for this coming year as I head for my 77th!
The Psalm beings with the verse, “Lord, let you face shine on me” which is repeated six times during the recitation of the psalm. It goes on, Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them. The revelation of your words sheds light, gives understanding to the simple. I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for your commands. Turn to me in pity as you turn to those who love your name. Steady my footsteps according to your promise and let no iniquity rule over me. Let your countenance shine upon your servants and teach me your statutes. “Lord, let your face shine on me!” Today’s Holy Gospel could also be a part of my prayer for today: a reminder to all of us to “be the salt of the earth, and light of the wo