Today's first reading from Daniel 13 is the story of a woman who was falsely accused of adultery and was about to be put to death. It reads like a courtroom novel.
The Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 23. I imagine that Susanna, to woman accused of adultery, may have needed this Psalm. "Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage." (It is also rendered "the valley of the shadow of death.")
Susanna was rescued by the boldness of young Daniel. She was staring headlong into the valley of the shadow of death. But the Lord was truly at her side. The next time you find yourself in a jam, remember Psalm 23. Fear no evil, for the Lord is at your side.
Father, thank you for always watching over us, shepherding us with love and mercy and tenderness. Amen.
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