To kick off the Favorite Bible Verses, our first Ethereal Eighty-One match up gives us some classic texts. Let’s see how a Catholic Ordinary Time psalm refrain, the leadoff verse to one of the most popular funeral readings, and a top-ten Protestant favorite fare against each other.
Psalm 27 is one of the more frequently used in the Catholic Lectionary. It’s also a statement of faith, and I love it. Verse 1 shows what a Christian is supposed to do in the face of difficulty: turn it over to God and shrug at one’s adversaries:
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?
Early in the Last Supper, just after the washing of the feet, Jesus begins an extended discourse with his disciples. By the luck of the draw in the FBV contest, we have a similar thought to the 27th, urged by the Lord. It rather builds on a frequent act of confidence of the psalmist by suggesting that faith in the Father and faith in Christ is the same:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
And the third entry is not unrelated to the psalm either, speaking of the Christian believer’s quiet confidence in the saving power of Christ:
(F)or if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Three beloved entries to begin our polling. Nobody said the choices would all be easy. Take until Sunday night 10pm US Eastern time.