Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Psalm 45

Year A - Annunciation or Creation’s Conception
March 25, 2014

Verses 4–5 bring us a deep divide in our spirituality. There doesn’t seem to be an easy way for more than individuals to come to grips with the tension between our better and worse tendencies.

Glorious and triumphant, ride on
for the cause of truth, gentleness and justice;
let your right hand show marvellous deeds.
Your arrows are sharp,
the enemies of the king lose heart;
nations fall beneath your feet.
     [The New Community Bible]

In no time at all we find our ideals of truth, gentleness, and justice brought low by domination of those who are not us. We are even ready to leave our ancestors behind in favor of the power of sons for generations to come—“In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.”

While the definition of beauty shift from time to time within a culture and between cultures, the thrust here is boys are powerful kings and girls are beautiful queens who beget more powerful boys to become kings.

Remind yourself again about “truth, gentleness, and justice”. How will you practice that in a culture for whom it is happy talk, not intentional implementation?

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