The psalmist laments the widespread corruption of the world. He first gives the impression that there are no good people in the world: ?All have gone astray; they have become perverse; there is no one who does good, not even one.? The implication: ?What can you expect from people who do not believe in God?? They do not have the wisdom to recognize that their lives are worse than empty. They refuse to believe that there is a God who cares.
As the psalm proceeds, we do hear that there are just people. These are God?s people: ?God is with the just generation,? people who are faithful to the covenant. Even though the fools try to eat up God?s people just as they eat bread, God will be with his people. God will take care of them and they will rejoice.
There is virtual identification of Israel, the just, the poor. There are certainly exceptions to such identification in the long history of God?s people. However, it is quite clear that the ideal was for the people to recognize that without God they would be lost. They are totally dependent on God.
This psalm can help us and the whole Church to put our confidence in God as we face widespread corruption, hatred, repression, oppression and all the evils in our world today. It is a call to pray for all who are foolish and to pray for ourselves and our Church that we have the wisdom to follow Christ.
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About the Author
Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for almost 25 years.