27We could say more but could never say enough;
let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’
28Where can we find the strength to praise him?
For he is greater than all his works.
29Awesome is the Lord and very great,
and marvellous is his power.
30Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can.
for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
31Who has seen him and can describe him?
Or who can extol him as he is?
32Many things greater than these lie hidden,
for I have seen but few of his works.
33For the Lord has made all things,
and to the godly he has given wisdom.
Reflection. How great is our God? Try to imagine your greatest picture or vision of God. Sirach says that we cannot speak highly enough of God and we should not grow weary of praising him.
Now, some may be thinking that these posts should perhaps focus on the elephant in the room that is the war in the Ukraine, or perhaps the cost of living crisis, or perhaps the refugees fleeing desperately. To this I reply that we also need hope in the face of all these things.
Sirach is clear that our God is greater than we can hope, think of, speak of, or imagine. Our God is greater than all the massive difficulties that surround us and crowd in on our thoughts.
Sirach calls us to praise God and to summon all our strength in doing so.
Praise. Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we worship, adore, praise and love you. In your greatness, please bring peace to hearts, minds and cities and countries. You are more than great enough to do all this and more; the great helper in times of trouble. In the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.