I have always been intrigued with the 23rd Psalm. It is often used at funerals. It is teaching us how to live in this life so that we will be acceptable into eternal life. Now it is thought this psalm was written perhaps hundreds of years before Jesus, even more before we documented the teachings of the Catholic Church. So, it makes sense the words used in the psalm are poetic but with a little thought can you find the seven sacraments?
- For example, beside restful waters he refreshes my soul – what do you think, baptism?
- With your rod and staff, you lead me in right paths – confession.
- You spread a table before me – Eucharist.
- You anoint my head with oil – Anointing of the Sick.
- I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for the rest of the days of my life – religious life.
- Marriage is a little more hidden unless you remember what the sacrament of marriage is based upon, that is the common good of your spouse.
- And to live thinking of getting your spouse into heaven as your primary goal, then saying only goodness and kindness follow me makes sense.
There you are 7 sacraments in the 23rd psalm. The Old Testament always foreshadows the New Testament and the teachings of the Church.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen