Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This post has nothing to do with music theory as the title may imply. Rather I am talking about the rhythm of the Liturgical Year. For Catholics of the Roman Rite, the Christmas season ended yesterday with the feast of Our Lord's Baptism; we now enter the season of Ordinary Time.
This is one of my favorite periods in the liturgical year because it brings us back to the sacred rhythm of the ordinary, of the day to day. I also believe it helps us to appreciate more the other great seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
Today's readings from the book of Samuel show us the sacred in the ordinary, of living and praying the day to day. Hannah prayed consistently for years for a child. In time, in His time, God answered her prayer.
God always listens to our prayer no matter the day, no matter the season. May we follow Hannah's example of perseverance and faith, finding the sacred rhythm in the ordinary of each day.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.