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God is “a vigilant Presence on the side of good,” Pope says

.- Resuming his commentary on the Psalms, Pope John Paul said during his Wednesday catechesis that God is not indifferent to good or evil, but takes the side of the good.

Speaking about Psalm 10, “The faith of the just is in the Lord,” the Pope said that “the spiritual tone of the entire hymn is expressed well by the concluding verse: ‘The Lord is righteous, He loves righteous deeds.’”

“This is the root of all faith and the source of every hope in the day of darkness and trial. God is not indifferent to good and evil. He is a good God and not a dark power, indecipherable and mysterious,” he added.

John Paul II indicated that in the first of the two episodes of the psalm “the godless one is described in his apparent triumph,” as the one who wants “to violently strike his victim, the faithful” and the faithful “feels alone and powerless before the eruption of evil.”

He went on to say that in the second episode, “the Lord, seated on his celestial throne, embraces with His penetrating gaze the entire human world. From that transcendent position, sign of omniscience and divine omnipotence, God can examine and evaluate each person, distinguishing good from evil and condemning injustice with force.”

“The Lord,” he added, “is not a remote sovereign, closed in His golden world, but rather He is a vigilant Presence that is on the side of good and justice. He sees and provides, intervening with His word and action.”

The godless one, “rained down upon with coals fire and brimstone, symbols of God's judgment,” experiences first hand that “there is a God Who judges on the earth.”

The Pope emphasized that “the last verse opens up the horizon to the light and peace destined to the just man who will contemplate his Lord, a just judge, but overall a merciful liberator: ‘The upright will behold His face’.”

“It is an experience of common joy and of serene faith in God Who frees man from evil,” he added.

The Pope concluded by comparing the Psalm’s hero to Christian martyrs: “Many just men throughout history have had a similar experience. Many stories describe the faith of the Christian martyrs in the face of tempests and their firmness in not shunning the trial.”


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