So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“I will remember you upon my couch, and through the night-watches I will meditate on you.”
In the age of television “binge-watching,” I couldn’t help but imagine that this line from today’s psalm, as translated here, might suggest that even a “couch potato” could be thirsting for God. I’ve developed a habit of trying to hear God’s voice, wherever it can be found, including in movies, TV, literature and popular music. I am attracted by the common, ordinary human sentiment these stories contain. The desire for God leaping from the screen! Seeing that, I cannot remain a passive consumer. Instead, I become an active evangelist for the God I meet there, the “couch” only a place of watchful waiting for a message that must be shared with the real people God gives to me, who, in turn, share their God-story with me. Together we can cultivate a habit of awareness, always on the lookout for God, from couch to church to commonplace–a community constantly anticipating God’s arrival, God’s presence.
—Fr. Mark Mossa, SJ, is the Director of Campus Ministry at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.
Lord, open my eyes to the signs of your presence all around me. Let me recognize you in places expected and unexpected. Give me the courage and the openness to be surprised by wonder at the ways that you wish to make yourself known to me. May I never fear your coming, but thirst for and welcome it. And, by your mercy, help me to be ready to answer your call, so that I may invite others to keep watch with me, and that together we may rejoice in your presence in us and among us.
—Fr. Mark Mossa, SJ