I try to practice Lectio Divina every day and I use the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website as a foundation for the scripture I try to read every day, reading my own selected passages as time allows. Today’s responsorial Psalm is Psalm 19 and it’s too beautiful not to quote in it’s entirety. Particularly meaningful for me is it’s reflection on words which has been a great theme of my religious writing up to this point.
I won’t say anymore except to quote it. If you’re reading this and you have the time read it a few times over and respond in the comments with how the universe speaks to you in these words.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder’s craft.
One day to the next conveys that message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge.
There is no word or sound; no voice is heard;
Yet their report goes forth through all the earth, their message, to the ends of the world. God has pitched there a tent for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber, and like an athlete joyfully runs its course.
From one end of the heavens it comes forth; its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the LORD are true, all of them just;
More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold, Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb.
By them your servant is instructed; obeying them brings much reward.
Who can detect heedless failings? Cleanse me from my unknown faults.
But from willful sins keep your servant; let them never control me. Then shall I be blameless, innocent of grave sin.
Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer
Amen. (Note, 19:15 is also quoted in the song by the Melodians “The Rivers of Babylon.”)