Speak Lord: Faithful One

April in DulwichThe responsorial psalm tomorrow, the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, expresses faith and trust

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

Psalm 32:4-5,18-20,22

Faith and trust, yes, but whose? The psalm is an expression of the faith and trust of psalmist, and the psalmist’s community (‘we place all our hope in you…’). We make that community,  and that faith and trust, our own as we sing and pray the psalm.

But fundamentally the faith and trust we celebrate is the faith and trust of God. It is his faithfulness to us, and his continued trust in our ability to be helped, that gives the firmest ground to our hope.

  • For what do you hope?
  • Why?
  • On what is your hope founded?

Photograph of stream and trees in Dulwich. (C) 2015, Allen Morris

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