Fr. George Collins

In times of confusion and uncertainty, such as we are experiencing today, we can find it harder to hold onto our faith and ability to trust.

Psalm 46 addresses exactly such moments when the psalmist invites us to recall that, “The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.”

I invite you to pray the psalm with me now:

Psalm 46
God, the Protector of Zion
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken
and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
Though its waters rage and foam
and mountains totter at its surging.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

Streams of the river gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken;
God will help it at break of day.
Though nations rage and kingdoms totter,
he utters his voice and the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

Come and see the works of the LORD,
who has done fearsome deeds on earth;
Who stops wars to the ends of the earth,
breaks the bow, splinters the spear,
and burns the shields with fire;
“Be still and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
exalted on the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

Let’s pray for the grace to keep our ears and eyes open for signs of the Lord in our midst. God presence can be found in all things such as in those who, despite the confusion and uncertainty, remain calm, peaceful, kind, courageous and generous, trusting that no matter what, “The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God if Jacob.”