Psalm 5

Tuesday last – June 28 – was the anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood.  2 years down, eternity to go.

I had the 6:30 AM Mass, and I had a rough idea of what I was going to talk about in the homily that day.  I was going to maybe say something about Saint Irenaeus, who’s feast it was, and certainly mention my favorite line from that morning’s Gospel” “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”  Of course, being that it was the early Mass, it wasn’t going to be golden, but it would be something.

In my preparation, however, I had completely overlooked the responsorial psalm.  Frankly, I do that often.  Oftentimes, they’re hard to preach on – or, more often, the Gospel or first reading is just easier to preach on – and I’m not looking to hit home runs with a daily Mass homily, I’m just looking to get on base.

I guess this time I got hit by the pitch.

There was no lector at that Mass – never is, that early – so I’m doing the proclaiming myself, and I get to this verse:

But I, because of your abundant mercy, will enter your house; I will worship at your holy temple in fear of you, O Lord.

Because of God’s abundant mercy.  That’s the how and why I’m a priest.  That’s the how and why any of us are anything.  And that’s perhaps more worth celebrating than anything else.

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