Psalm(s): 36, 39
New Testament:Luke 21:29-38
Reading from the Church: An excerpt from The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

St. Ambrose Church in Bristol, England


I said, ‘I will guard my ways
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
as long as the wicked are in my presence.’
I was silent and still;
I held my peace to no avail;
my distress grew worse,
my heart became hot within me.
While I mused, the fire burned
then I spoke with my tongue….(Psalm 39:1-3)

Ever had an uncontrollable urge to say something when–really–it was none of your business???? I get the feeling that our psalmist we read from tonight is going through the same thing. In North America, and more particularly in Canada, we have been brought up in a culture of politeness.

To be polite means not getting into anyone’s business….not passing any judgement on their moral conduct (or lack thereof)….not bothering ourselves with the problems of another person.

Unfortunately, if we take the Bible seriously…that kind of luxury is something we simply don’t have :P….Psalm writers and prophets were always called upon to speak about the wrong-doing of others, and bring it to the light of day. We cannot afford to be silent…….

There are too many issues that need to be addressed. The homeless man sleeping admist 50cm of snow, the woman stuck in an abusive relationship, the Church which forgets its call to repent for past wrongs. We must be a voice where we can.

After all, if we choose to be silent…….we become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. +