October 24, 2022 –
Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Blessed the man who … meditates on His law day and night.
In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we hear the first psalm of the Psalter, and it helps bring focus to our spiritual life. If you were to ask one hundred Christians whether they knew any of the psalms by heart, you’d probably not garner many “Yes”es. Among those “Yes”es, most probably have memorized Psalm 23. But those looking for one of the psalms to memorize ought to consider Psalm 1.
Consider just the first sentence of Psalm 1. It makes up the first “verse”, or “strophe”, of today’s Responsorial Psalm. This psalm might at first glance seem merely to describe two type of men: the just and the wicked. But it’s not enough not to act like the wicked. We need to look more closely at the Psalmist’s descriptions of the just.
In the first sentence of Psalm 1, we hear a “Beatitude”: a description of the man who is blessed. This single sentence offers five descriptions of the blessed, just man. Three of them have negative forms, describing what the blessed, just man does not do. But consider the latter two descriptions, and focus on them as you memorize this psalm. The blessed, just man “delights in the Law of the Lord, and meditates on His Law day and night.”