Taste and See: The good life, the common good

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The Responsorial Psalm for yesterday’s Mass, that of the 5th Sunday of Easter, offered quite a narrative of love in action, of thankful response. Reconciliation, healing, and faithfulness were all there!

You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.
or
Alleluia!

My vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and shall have their fill.
They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him.
May their hearts live for ever and ever!

You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.
or
Alleluia!

All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord,
all families of the nations worship before him;
They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust.

You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.
or
Alleluia!

And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him.
They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come,
declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn:
‘These things the Lord has done.’

You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly.
or
Alleluia!

Psalm 21:26-28,30-32

There happens to be a General Election this week, here in the UK. Seems to me this psalm might serve as a helpful sort of an accompaniment to our final decision as to who to cast our vote for.

How will our vote serve what is good and just?
Will it help the poor to be fed?
Will it turn us to the Living Lord? Will it help us live with his love?
Are we pre-occupied with the here and now only, or for that still to come?
For ourselves? Or for future generations?

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