Psalm 77:12-16, 21
Saint Sixtus II, Pope, and Companions, Martyrs (Optional Memorial)
Ask now of the days of old … (Deuteronomy 4:32)
One of the most amazing features God gave us is the gift of memory. A very practical gift, it helps us remember what we need to buy at the grocery store, where we last set down our reading glasses (Bible, car keys, phone, etc.), and where our children are and where they ought to be right now.
But as helpful as our memory is for everyday life, God has a much higher goal. Chiefly, he gave us the gift of memory to help us know him as fully as possible. We can recall what he has said to us and reflect on what he has done in our lives and throughout history—so that we can trust him and build a relationship with him. This is why Moses urges the Israelites to recall what they have done and remember what God has done. “Fix it in your hearts,” he pleads. Why? So that reflecting on their ups and downs, they will see God’s faithfulness, power, and compassion toward them—and believe in him more deeply.
What a helpful road map for us as well! As we recall in our own prayer Jesus’ sacrifice of love, that sacrifice can become more real to us. We can be caught up into his love in a deeper way as we “know and fix” his truths in our hearts. Recounting the story of our own ups and downs will help us see how God has always been by our side, offering us his grace, and those memories will help us find new strength to live the life he is calling us to.
Just think how much more powerful memory can be when we remember together, as a people, at Mass. Ancient words read from the Scriptures become immediate, as Christ himself speaks to us. The story of the Last Supper becomes a doorway to the real event as bread and wine are transformed and Jesus offers us his own Body and Blood.
So fix your mind on the Lord. Remember his goodness and faithfulness. Remember how he has worked in your heart. And most of all, remember that you belong to him.
“Jesus, help me to fix your words in my heart. Lord, I want to taste your goodness today!”~WAU