Peace to the People

From the Responsorial Psalm from Today’s Mass for Independence Day (United States). It was taken from The Mass for Civil Needs: For Peace and Justice:

Psalm 85: 9-14;

I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace

To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him.

Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land.

Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.

Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven.

The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase.

Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow behind.

Although this is directed at a “people”, we can also insert ourselves in their place.

The Psalmist states the he will listen for the word of God, and he has the faith and trust that God will speak. And the utterance will be a peace descending.

Consider how you feel after you’ve prayed, especially after you’ve read the Bible in a prayerful, reflective manner. Feel more peaceful?

Much of the rest are all the good things can can be had, in some manner by those who are faithful and trusting in the Lord. The good things may not in the manner quantifiable those who follow the world’s manner of determining what is good, in other words, “abundance”, “prosperity” and “good fortune” may mean something different to a Christian than to a materialistic worldling. But you will be happy, and at peace.

Got peace?

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