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January 23, 2018

2 Sm 6:12B-15, 17-19

So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord.When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts,and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

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.

How can I keep from singing?

While on my 30 day Spiritual Exercises retreat as a novice, there was a recurring theme song whose refrain would surface in my head: “How can I keep from singing?” It seems when I really felt God’s closeness and had moments of Christ-centered clarity, joyful singing was one of the most appropriate responses. To be honest, there was one moment when I went back behind some trees on a hike and had a joyful dance session. That’s my problem, though. Even when the joy of the Gospel breaks into my life, I find it counterbalanced by my own self-consciousness. I’m afraid of what people looking on may think about me. I pray I can have the abandon King David showed in front of all of Israel. After all, “if Love is Lord of heaven and Earth, how can I keep from singing?”

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

How Can I Keep from Singing?, originally published in 1869 by Robert Lowry

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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January 23, 2018

2 Sm 6:12B-15, 17-19

So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord.When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts,and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

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.

How can I keep from singing?

While on my 30 day Spiritual Exercises retreat as a novice, there was a recurring theme song whose refrain would surface in my head: “How can I keep from singing?” It seems when I really felt God’s closeness and had moments of Christ-centered clarity, joyful singing was one of the most appropriate responses. To be honest, there was one moment when I went back behind some trees on a hike and had a joyful dance session. That’s my problem, though. Even when the joy of the Gospel breaks into my life, I find it counterbalanced by my own self-consciousness. I’m afraid of what people looking on may think about me. I pray I can have the abandon King David showed in front of all of Israel. After all, “if Love is Lord of heaven and Earth, how can I keep from singing?”

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

How Can I Keep from Singing?, originally published in 1869 by Robert Lowry

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!