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  • John E. Crean, Jr., Obl.S.B., Ph.D.


For he is our God. We are the people he watches over,

the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:7 NLT)

Lord, the answer to the question “why?” is contained in this short verse. The entire explanation is right here. Why should you be my God? Because you are my one and only God—I have no other god, whether that be money, fame, or anything else.

Another question suggested by this psalm verse might be, “What kind of a God are you? It says you are a God who invites us to become “people of your pasture,” “sheep whom you feed by hand,” or in other words, a God of love.

May I always remember the answer to the ultimate question “why.” Hel me take that answer most seriously, as I try to fulfill my vows as priest and Christian. No amount of my prayers or good works, no matter how sincere, no matter how extensive, can ever match your loving-kindness, as you feed your flock, even those of us who have strayed afar.

May my hardness of heart and stubbornness of soul never cause me to forget your promise to watch over me and care for me, today, tomorrow, and forever. Amen.

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