“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.  He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.”

Today’s psalm is the beautiful poetry and prayer which we know as the 23rd psalm.  What a comfortable and consoling thought it is to know that The Lord Jesus himself prayed this psalm of David.  He often spoke in the synagogues of his land and took up the Hebrew scriptures to proclaim the word of God.

For myself, I think of myself as His sheep dog.  I hear His voice and if I’m attentive and focused He leads me through the valley of life today so that I come to the evening unscathed.

Psalm 23 continues:   “Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.”

What is this “house of the Lord”?  Naturally I can accurately think of my favorite church or chapel in which I feel at home and is conducive to prayer.  But, for me, more importantly “the house of the Lord” is my body in which He dwells.  That is my conviction and I must forever act accordingly.  Today I ask The Lord to preserve my body in which He dwells and make me holy and whole.  Only then can I be of service to His people.    Amen.


These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.