A song of ascents
To you I raise my eyes,
to you enthroned in heaven.
In the midst of life’s many difficulties we turn to God. We cry out as Job cried out. We cry out as even Christ himself cried out in the Garden: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me…” But we know as Christ knew, “not as I will, but as you will.”
A song of ascents. Of David.
I rejoiced when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
Notice here the psalmist is not alone. He has been joined by others who are also on their way to the Temple.
There is excitement in the air. You can almost see if you close your eyes. The path is crowded with people, chattering excitedly about their destination. People find their feet seem to be a little lighter.
The weariness of the long journey is somehow lessened now that Jerusalem stands before them
Are we excited in a similar way when we find ourselves heading to Mass, to our Bible study, or our Adoration hour? Do we gather with our fellow Christians and chatter, saying to one another “Let us go to the house of the Lord, let us go to the church?”
Or rather do we find ourselves saying we have to go? Do we find this pilgrimage and journey to God a hassle or an inconvenience? Do we resent the many people we see walking the road with us?
Dominican Friars of St. Louis, MO
The Dominican Friars living at St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, MO are members of both the Central U.S. Province and the Southern U.S. Province. Our student friars go through their formation together at the St. Louis Studium, otherwise known as the House of Studies.