13. For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling:
14. “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it —
15. I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food.
16. I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.
17. Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
18. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown of his head will be resplendent.”
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
In this world fraught with natural disasters and human injustice, it is easy to feel overcome by anxiety. Uncertainty about the future, and outright fear are nothing new to the human condition. The Psalms, among other scriptural writings, promote an attitude of thankfulness. When one pauses to breathe, pray, or meditate upon the good things in ones life, worry and fear begin to fade. Better yet, when one commits to live for a Higher Power, be it Father, Mother, Christ the Redeemer, or a happier, more just world, thankfulness becomes a constant attitude.
My Lady breaks the will of scoffers blinded
In their hubris, teaching them humility.
Yet, in her generosity she bolsters up
The lowly with her dignity, consoles
The sorrow-struck with tenderness, and feeds
The hungry with her richest sustenance!