Taste and See: So you can live and give thanks

Millstone and flowers

The Psalm for Mass on the 11th Sunday of the Year, in Cycle B, may have presented something of a challenge.

What was there to give thanks for?

The rather unexciting 11th Sunday, the dreary weather (at least in NW8), it had been a busy week and this day of rest was another busy day with which to begin what promises to be another busy week…

And yet, we sang…

It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning
and your truth in the watches of the night.

It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

The just will flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

Planted in the house of the Lord
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old,
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just.
In him, my rock, there is no wrong.

It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

Psalm 91:2-3,13-16

It is good to give thanks for not all is busy, repetitious or dreary. But sometimes I (we?) lose hold of that truth.

The Liturgy in word and sacrament not only reminds us of the existential truth of the goodness of creation and our life as part of that. It offers us nourishment to live life, and live love. It offers us Christ – and he is always not only the heart of humankind’s great thanksgiving to the Father, he is also the Father’s first minister to us in our needs.

  • So, for what do you want to give thanks amidst the challenges of today?

Millstone and flowers, Vence. (c) 2005, Allen Morris.

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