Speak Lord: Of new opportunities, new challenges.

Lindisfarne dawn

The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday, the 6th Sunday of Easter, is a psalm in praise of the Lord’s salvation of his people.

The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations. or Alleluia!

Sing a new song to the Lord
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.

The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations. or Alleluia!

The Lord has made known his salvation;
has shown his justice to the nations.
He has remembered his truth and love
for the house of Israel.

The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations. or Alleluia!

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth,
ring out your joy.

The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations. or Alleluia!

Psalm 97:1-4

Salvation is of course not merely shown to the nations, but made available to them, is something given freely and lovingly by God. A new opportunity for a new way of life is set before them.

The fact of the gift is a wake-up moment for them, and requires of them a choice – to make the most of the opportunity, or lose it.

The same sort of choice faces us as each new day begins: even if we rarely see it in such a stark form as it is put in the psalm. Do we respond to the reality, the deep reality of things, underpinned by the truth, goodness and love of God? Or do we hesitate in shadows, responding to this chimera or that; this figment, fantasy, of fear?

  • Where does God open a door to newness today?
  • What are you invited to welcome and cooperate with ?
  • What are you invited to relinquish?

Dawn at Lindisfarne. (c) 2008, Allen Morris.

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