Taste and See: A new harvest for the Lord

Jerusalem

The Responsorial Psalm for the 2nd Sunday of Advent reminds of the  renewal promised by the word of God: Good news for a world and a people, so often starved of it.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace,
peace for his people.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.

Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.

The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.

Psalm 84:9-14

When we hear the psalm – who do we understand God’s people to be? How extensive is the us.

Do the prophetic words serve to confirm us in our narrow boundaries, or do they open us to a new and greater reality?

  • Who do you include in your ‘us’?

Bring the fruit of your reflection to God in prayer.

The photograph is of rather haunting street art work from Jerusalem. It is poignant in its portrayal of Jews in the city, but is drawn on a wall in the Muslim/Christian quarter. A sign of hope or aggressive incursion? (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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