The Roman Missal offered two alternative Communion antiphons for Mass this Sunday.
Here is one of them:
The sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for her young:
by your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Blessed are they who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.
Cf. Ps 83: 4-5
The particular sparrow featured in the picture had found his home in the glorious Courtyard of the Lions, in the Alhamabra, Granada.
Conservators may have problem with the sparrow making its home amidst such splendour, but most of the rest of us find it a delightful sight. Just like the psalmist did, seeing in the incongruence something of the surprising delight God takes in us.
Rejoice in your littleness, and your contingence, Beloved of God.
Photographs (c) Allen Morris, 2014