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October 20, 2019: Creed— the 2nd Article

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 55: A Meditation of David on the Treachery of Apparent Christian Brothers—Have you ever felt like an inferior Christian because you do not have the same “joy, happiness, and overt expressions of faith” that some apparently have? Instead, you may feel as if you have little of the Christian sincerity and “spiritual maturity” that other Christians have.  David knew his sin, felt the attacks of the evil one, and often felt the joy of his salvation sapped from him, yet he was still a Christian—one who trusted not in Himself, but in His Lord.  In Psalm 55 David contemplates the betrayal of those brothers in the faith who turned out to be no brothers at all.  Their piety was a sham!  Their sincerity was a lie!  Perceptions are often deceiving.  And so David prays, “It is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has magnified himself against me; then I could hide from him.  But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance.  We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.”  In the end, our faith must never be in ourselves or others, but only in the Lord.  “I will call upon god, and the Lord shall save me…He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle which was against me…Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you: He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”CP191020

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