Daily Reflection - December 7, 2022
Adapted from "Our Daily Bread"

Psalm 23(New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3     he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
   for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
   I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff—
   they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
   all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
   my whole life long.

Reflection

In the final line of the well-known Psalm 23, the word "follow" is most frequently used in English translations. Although the Hebrew term is similar to the English word "follow," it is stronger and even aggressive. The exact meaning of the verb is "to pursue or chase." God's goodness and love don't just follow us about at a slow, leisurely pace. We are undoubtedly the target of a deliberate pursuit.

 

Do you think that God's goodness is actively seeking you out? Considering that the term "surely" is used in Scripture, if not, why not?

Pray

Thank You, Good Shepherd, for continually pursuing me with Your goodness and love.  Amen