Psalm 62:6-7, 9
God is our refuge!
Scholars, using resources which were not available before the early twentieth century, have unearthed marvelous insights into the meaning of our Scriptures. What could possibly be lacking in the afflictions of Christ?
According to The Paulist Biblical Commentary:
…the “afflictions of Christ” refer to the troubles of the worldwide church that is the Body of Christ, and Paul’s suffering on the whole church’s behalf helps to achieve something that it needs to continue moving on its path toward God.
Paul wants to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past… it is Christ in you, the hope for glory!
In today’s gospel, the leaders of the scribes and Pharisees (who are the more educated in the Scriptures and other writings of the Jews, or, one might suggest, are more professionally religious) are more interested in finding a way to discredit Jesus in the eyes of the people than in actually discerning who he is! …they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
In today’s Church there are many leaders, both clergy and lay, who struggle to bring God’s people together in love, to have all the richness of assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And there are also some who become enraged and discuss what they might do to silence others while failing to recognize the mercy of God flowing from Christ. We must be discerning regarding in-whom-we-trust.
Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
In God is my safety and my glory.
Trust in him at all times, O my people! Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge. (Psalm 62: 6-9)
Fr. John M. Lee, C.P., is Retreat Director of Bishop Molloy Retreat House, “The Passionist Spiritual Center in New York City”, www.bishopmolloy.org