Prayer: Praise and thanksgiving to you, O God, for the wonders and the wisdom of your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Hearing God’s voice
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people,
Today, the church calendar remembers Clare, Abbess of San Damiano. She was a woman of vision who was inspired by St. Francis. She gave up her family fortunes and lived her life in poverty. She and her sisters in Christ lived in an enclosed convent and was at odds with the Benedictine leaders who wanted them to live like the Franciscan friars, who roamed and lived by receiving charitable gifts. Clare’s vision from God was different and she fought against the church leaders until 1253 when the pope upheld her ideas. She died two days later.
Our devotion writer explains; “Like the author of today’s psalm, Clare sought to hear God’s voice. God showed her a vision of life lived in poverty and obedience. Others attempted to stand in her way, but Clare’s steadfast commitment allowed her to overcome these obstacles.”
“When external obstacles stand in our way, we can remember Clare and remind ourselves that we, too, have the right as children of God to echo this psalm: ‘Let me hear what God the Lord will speak.’”
Prayer: “God clear our minds and hearts to hear your voice. Make your vision our own, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. 9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. 12 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.