The responsorial psalm sung on the 5th Sunday of the Year, this coming Sunday offers comfort and, unusually, two alternative responses are proposed for our use.
Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.
Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.
Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
One regular source of wonder is that the Creator cares for his creatures! We are countless, seeming passing, and so regularly treated so poorly by our own kind. Yet God loves and cares and tends us in our brokenness.
- What hurts hamper you?
Bring them to the Lord for his healing and care.
Photograph of cross in the Domaine of Lourdes. (c) 2012, Allen Morris.