Today’s reflection is simple. I’ll ignore the rest of the readings. The Psalm today is number 24. It’s first five verses are an even simpler, more direct summary of the essential Jewish/Old Testament moral code than is the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments). It’s worth just reading those few verses, and reflecting on them. They are self-explanatory. Verse 4 is the key. It’s a good message for all of us, every day:
Psalm 24, vv 1-5:
1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and all who dwell therein.
2 For it is he who funded it upon the seas and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3 Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? And who can stand in his holy place?
4 Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5 They shall receive a blessing from the Lord and a just reward from the God of their salvation.