Speak Lord: Of strong and compassionate love

 

Et unum sint

The responsorial psalm on Sunday, the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time,  professes love for the Lord, and especially for the strength he makes available to us.

I love you, Lord, my strength.

I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise,
when I call I am saved from my foes.

I love you, Lord, my strength.

Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me,
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.

I love you, Lord, my strength.

Psalm 17:2-4,47,51

Wherein lies our strength? In our wisdom, wealth or skills? The psalmist says, no, our strength is in the Lord.

  • Do we believe him?
  • What difference does the strength of the Lord make to your living and loving?

Again, this post was first posted last week due to a mix up in dates. Reflecting on it in the wake of the Synod and the tensions makes it apparent how often it is difficult to distinguish strength and weakness, especially when strength takes on the form of compassion and service, seeking to minister to the needs of the weak and the lost.

Maybe I’m particularly challenged about that by an article read this morning in the National Catholic Reporter. I am in no position to judge the critique of +Chaput, but I can take it to myself (we can take it to ourselves) and use it to consider our judgements and actions and the relationship between them. And that seems worth doing.

The image is of a model in the Gesù church in Rome showing the unity of the Church comprised of local churches – unity found and expressed in diversity. Photograph (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

 

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