Saturday, April 01, 2017

Lent XXVIII

Bring to the Lord glory and honour: bring to the Lord glory to his name: adore ye the Lord in his holy court. (Psalm 28:2 Vulg)

The Prophet tells us what sort of sacrifice we should offer to God, namely, "Glory and honor;" that is, in your words and your works glorify the Lord; and not only in your words and works, but even in the carriage of your person, which should be so reverential as to make it appear to all that you acknowledge him as your supreme Master, and that you adore him as such. "Bring to the Lord glory to his name."

Bring glory to the Lord, that is, to his name, by celebrating the name, fame, and knowledge of the Lord. "Adore ye the Lord in his holy court." The holy court may mean either the vestibule of the Jewish tabernacle, to which all could resort, while the priests alone were permitted to enter the tabernacle; or the Catholic Church, which is like the porch or vestibule of the heavenly tabernacle. All, good or bad, are promiscuously permitted to enter the Church, but they alone will enter the heavenly tabernacle who can say to Christ, "Thous hast made us a kingdom and priests to our God."

[St. Robert Bellarmine, A Commentary on the Book of Psalms, O'Sullivan, tr. Loreto Publications (Fitzwilliam, NH: 2011) p. 58.]

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