The Responsorial Psalm for Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, has a pleasing simplicity about it, fitting to the season of quiet reflection which begins that day.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.
The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
He guides the humble in the right path,
He teaches his way to the poor.
His ways are faithfulness and love
for those who keep his covenant and law.
The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;
to them he reveals his covenant.
The psalm, proper to the first Sunday of Advent, is also one of the Lectionary’s Common Psalms for Advent, offered to encourage congregational singing of the psalm. (See General Introduction to the Lectionary, 89) and p.950 of the edition of the Lectionary commonly used in England and Wales.
- What in the Lord’s ways do you want him to teach you? (Imagine: being taught by the Lord of heaven and earth….)
- How do you show reverence for the Lord?
- In what way is humility part of how you live?
The finding of the child Jesus in the Temple. Madjugorje. (c) 2015, Allen Morris