An owl greeted Kay this morning from a tree outside the door of the wilderness cabin next to the wetland with the swans’ nest before we turned to the wisdom of the Psalm assigned for today by The Book of Common Prayer.
But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped;
I had almost tripped and fallen;
Because I envied the proud
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
For they suffer no pain,
and their bodies are sleek and sound;
In the misfortunes of others they have no share;
they are not afflicted as others are;
Therefore, they wear their pride like a necklace
and wrapt their violence about them like a cloak.
Their iniquity comes from gross minds,
and their thoughts overflow with wicked thoughts.
They scoff and speak maliciously;
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their evil speech runs through the world.
And so the people turn to them
and find in them no fault.
They say, “How should God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
So then, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase their wealth.
Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord,
when you arise you will make their image vanish.
[Psalm 73:2-12, 20]
Having almost tripped and fallen into despair, I hear in the psalmist’s voice the hoot of the owl in the wilderness and pray that the evil speech that ran through the world from the podium of the United Nations and the mage of the violent and the haughty will vanish.