Speak Lord: Of eternal life

Studying the Law, Cracow

There are two psalms that may be sung as the Responsorial Psalm on Sunday.

The first is for when the Lectionary for Year B is used, and that appears directly below. The second, which appears later in this blog, is used when the first Scrutiny is celebrated, by those communities who have the privilege of accompanying and supporting catechumens, now the Elect, who are preparing for Baptism at Easter.

You have the message of eternal life, O Lord.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
it gives light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just.

They are more to be desired than gold,
than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey,
than honey from the comb.

You have the message of eternal life, O Lord.

Psalm 18:8-11

In the rush of modern life – how many things, in how many places, and with what groups of people do you have to deal today? – being still and pondering the love and acts of God is ever more important.

This pondering of Law and Gospel, Prophets and Writings can take place in liturgy, in prayer, in meditation: in each, according to their different modes, set ourselves to listen, admire, wonder, taste. hope, and re-commit ourselves to faithfulness…

Without this pondering and listening we are adrift, subject to our own fancies. With it we are held safe – still with much to do ourselves, but with divine assistance in everything.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Psalm 94:1-2,6-9

Photograph of art work in Jewish Museum in Cracow, Poland. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

2 thoughts on “Speak Lord: Of eternal life

  1. U heeft de boodschap van het eeuwige leven, o Heer.Psalm 18: 8-11 en O, dat vandaag de dag zou je naar zijn stem luisteren! ‘Verhardt uw harten niet.’Psalm 94: 1-2,6-9. Prachtig om te lezen mooi geformuleerd. Zal zeker en vast een prachtige viering worden met Gods hulp. Proficiat ervoor en dank je wel wens je een fijne vrijdag toe groeten Walter.


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