“I cried out to you, Lord. I said, ‘You are my hope’” (Ps 141[142]: 6). When I had to bear with those people, when I was in trouble, “I said, ‘You are my hope.’” You are my hope here, and that’s how I endure that trouble. But “You are my portion,” not here, but “in the land of the living.” God gives a portion in the land of the living, but not something else, apart from himself. What else but himself will he give to one who loves him? (EnPs 141[142], 12; PL 37, 1842)

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

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