May 15, 2019
Praying the 23rd Psalm
(taken from Bishop Jelinek’s homily this past Sunday)
I would like to urge you to do something this week. Included among our lessons today is probably the world’s favorite psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd.” Take a few times this week to pray it, and please do it more than once. It is so rich with imagery that it will keep opening more to you each time you pray it. Begin by reading it aloud in a soft voice all the way through. Then read it again even more softly leaving some space between each verse. Then sit in silence with the psalm open in front of you. You may glance at it or close your eyes. After a couple of minutes read it again aloud in your soft voice. Pick the time of day and place where you will be undisturbed, and unless you are expecting a critical call, leave your phone in another room. Don’t let it tyrannize your prayer time. If you are part of a prayer group, share your experience with them at the end of the week.