History repeats itself

From today’s responsorial Psalm:

“Why, O LORD, do you stand aloof?
Why hide in times of distress?
Proudly the wicked harass the afflicted,
who are caught in the devices the wicked have contrived. 
“For the wicked man glories in his greed,
and the covetous blasphemes, sets the LORD at nought.
The wicked man boasts, ‘He will not avenge it’;
‘There is no God,’ sums up his thoughts. 
“His mouth is full of cursing, guile and deceit;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
He lurks in ambush near the villages;
in hiding he murders the innocent;
his eyes spy upon the unfortunate. 
“You do see, for you behold misery and sorrow,
taking them in your hands.
On you the unfortunate man depends;
of the fatherless you are the helper.” — Psalm 10:1-4,7-8,14

This was written around 3,000 years ago, presumably during the time of David. Yet, it seems that it is written today. 

Isn’t this what many Christians are going through right now? Doesn’t it sound like a Christian’s lamentation today — doubting whether God is real because of trials, difficulties, and His seeming absence in its midst, being ridiculed for our faith, being told that there is no God, living in a world where some people act as if God’s justice will not come?

History seems to repeat itself and humanity still hasn’t learned its lesson. As in today’s Psalm, God is real and He is our help. His ways and His love are higher, but His justice will always prevail.

Take courage, even in your sufferings.


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