Taste and See: First fruits of the Kingdom

Bethlehem mosiacThe responsorial psalm on Sunday last, the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, speaks of fruits of God’s love.

In the psalm we rejoice in the goodness that is offered to us for our flourishing.

My soul, give praise to the Lord or Alleluia! 

It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free,

My soul, give praise to the Lord or Alleluia! 

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.

My soul, give praise to the Lord or Alleluia! 

It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

My soul, give praise to the Lord or Alleluia! 

Psalm 145:6-10

The goodness of God is not measured in things – though surely the hungry will be grateful for bread! It is demonstrated in actions – feeding, setting free, restoring sight, raising up, protection and so on. It is love, love in action.

The same action is called for from us – living lives of love: love being our first nature, should we only be able to access it. The Lord’s love for us helps set us free, helps heal us of our blocks, scars and fears.

  • How has love changed you?
  • How might you love to enrich the lives of those around you today?
  • And tomorrow?

Mosiac from the ancient Basilica of the Nativity, Bethlehem. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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