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Psalm 71. Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. (NRSV)
In Psalm 71, the writer, during violent, turbulent times, calls to God in distress, asking for ultimate security, shelter, and solace. While most of us will not face that same level of physical harm and danger, we have entered into a new era of unprecedented economic and political instability. Unemployment is running rampant, more families are homeless or on income or food assistance, and people’s nest eggs are depleted. In today’s fragile world, spiritual rocks are just what we seem to need, to give us hope and the ability to see a way through harsh times—and we are to be rocks of love and support for each other.
Today the Church remembers John Coleridge Patteson, Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1871.