Chesed olam

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Psalm 136

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My early days in the religious community called the Jesuits, were filled with Psalm 136. We used to sing it to the psalmody of Joseph Gelineau, a Jesuit priest from France, who set the entire Psalter to music. You will catch the sweet flow of the rhythm if you swing from side to side, singing. “Great is God’s Love, Love without End.”

Chesed (the first syllable has a guttural sound), is the Hebrew word for God’s loving kindness, God’s faithful love which is constant and forever, olam. This latter word expresses the immensity of God’s reign, infinitely extending in time and space. It has the feeling of a sigh to it. What a lovely way to spend your day, often breathing out this verse, “Chesed olam ,” as you sigh in gratitude for the long list of loving kindnesses that the Lord has bestowed upon you!


The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Giving thanks for You are good. v. 1
Your steadfast love forever v.1 etc.
You alone do great wonders v. 4
Heaven and earth made by You. v. 5-6

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This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms, one each week over the three-year cycle.

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