Saint Habakkuk and the Rock
|Habakkuk Holding A Rock|
From the "Iconostasis" Found in the
Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdúdorog, Hungary
Are you not from eternity, O LORD,
my holy God, immortal?
O LORD, you have marked him
O Rock, you have readied him
- Habakkuk 1:12
"Rock" was an ancient term used to honor the power of the Lord. You can also find this expression in Psalm 18:32 ...
Truly, who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is the rock?
|The iconostasis of the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdúdorog, Hungary. |
This iconostasis has 54 icons painted sometime near 1810.
In our three-year cycle of mass readings, we get one reading from the prophet Habakkuk (Year C, 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time) ...
How long O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision
Clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
pressed on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
If it delays, wait for it,
It will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash man has no integrity;
but the just man, because of his faith, shall live.
Wealth, too, is treacherous:
The proud, unstable man ―
Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
the just man, because of his faith, shall live
~ these words are referred to in Rom. 1:17, Gal. 3:11, and Heb. 10:38.
The Feast Day of St. Habakkuk is December 2.