Speak Lord: that we might live bravely

Postman's Park

The Responsorial Psalm on Sunday, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, comes from one familiar with death and dying. Yet it is a song of thanksgiving and confidence.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

I love the Lord for he has heard
the cry of my appeal;
for he turned his ear to me
in the day when I called him.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

They surrounded me, the snares of death,
with the anguish of the tomb;
they caught me, sorrow and distress.
I called on the Lord’s name.
O Lord, my God, deliver me!

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

How gracious is the Lord, and just;
our God has compassion.
The Lord protects the simple hearts;
I was helpless so he saved me.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

He has kept my soul from death,
my eyes from tears
and my feet from stumbling.
I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 114:1-6,8-9

The quiet confidence of the psalmist helps us in our turn to find confidence in the midst of difficulties and challenges. And the confidence that comes is sure when it is firmly established in faith in the goodness of God.

The good life is, then, better lived.

  • What gives you confidence?
  • What challenges it and why?
  • Bring your hopes and fears to God in a moment of quiet prayer

Memorials in Postman’s Park, London. © 2015, Allen Morris

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