Speak Lord: Your servant listens

Mary, Apse, Dormition

This Sunday, the feast of the Assumption, replaces the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The psalm celebrates Israel’s Queen. The tragedy of Israel, replicated in the tragedy of all human institutions, is that her queens no less than her kings were rarely up to the job. Their self-interest prevented the demonstration of living faithfully the covenant established with, in truth, Israel’s only King, God.

But we live in hope, and however fallible the trust we place in each other, the hope of the human heart finds itself satisfied in the faithfulness of Mary. In her littleness and humility, the greatest love is made manifest

On your right stands the queen, in garments of gold.

The daughters of kings are among your loved ones.
On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words:
forget your own people and your father’s house.

On your right stands the queen, in garments of gold.

So will the king desire your beauty:
He is your lord, pay homage to him.
They are escorted amid gladness and joy;
they pass within the palace of the king.

On your right stands the queen, in garments of gold.

Psalm 44:10-12,16

  • How do you show your respect for the majesty of the Lord?
  • How might you more fully live in covenant with the Lord today?

Apse Mosaic, Abbey of the Dormition, Jerusalem. © 2013, Allen Morris

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