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The mountains quake to the depth of the sea

Saturday, April 08, 2006
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Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!
When I was praying Vespers tonight one of the psalms used was Psalm 46 which carries in my Bible the title God, the Protector of Zion. Right off the bat in verse 3 the Psalmist tells us 'we do not fear, even though earth be shaken and the mountains quake to the depth of the sea'. I was reminded of the words of both the Prophet Isaiah and St John the Baptist. "Make strait in the desert a wasteland for our God! Every valley shall be filled in and every mountain and hill shall be made low, the rugged land shall be make a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed..." (cf. Isaiah 40:4-5)
Now on first examine I always thought of physical trials or even emotional ones which God protects us from as the subtitle of the psalm refers to. When I think though about the work that the Holy Spirit does within the soul--especially mine most recently. I think about how the ruff portions of the soul must be removed so that the glory of the Lord can be manifested more fully. We are reminded that to create us anew we will be purified in the Divine Furnace like a fine precious metal which burns away the impurity so that it may reflect the glory of the Master's Image. I have not done much construction in my life but I know that it is far easier to build a great building that will stand on ground that has been prepared and leveled over ruff ground. The Psalmist tonight reminded me that to better conform my own soul and mind into a place which the glory of the Lord will be better revealed there has to be some inner earth shaking and a few mountains have to fall. He is with us be it in interior purification which we all need to better show His Light to to the world. He is also with us all in the exterior purifications of life and the world. He is with us and sustains us with an everlasting love.
I have been praying quite a bit lately asking God to increase my love, increase my hope, increase my faith. I remember hearing about St Francis asking God to grant him the grace of loving with the same 'excessive love' He has for all of us. To love God and neighbor with that great love requires that hearts and souls are cleared free of junk which we all build up over a lifetime- in otherwords the mountains within must shake a bit and the rough country must be made a broad valley. It is not easy--no one said it was. Thanks be to God He does it with surgical precision and with a love which encompasses all and consoles the soul.
So again back to
Isaiah in chapter 35 we hear those words of comfort to the soul "Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, Fear not, Here is your God, He comes with vindication..." Going through a period of purification (within or in the world) is tuff yet we have no reason to fear for He who dwells within shall give comfort and vindication to the soul that trusts in Him. He creates us anew and we shall radiate His glory in a way we never thought possible. Then like the Psalmist in Psalm 46 we can say joyfully "Come and see the works of the Lord......The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob" (v. 9,12).
Jesus I Trust in You!
In His Merciful Heart,
Ed
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