Speak Lord: Of your glory, our blessing…

Ark W London SynagogueThe responsorial psalm for the Mass of the 3rd Sunday of Advent is in fact not a psalm but a canticle, taken not from the Book of Psalms, but from the prophet Isaiah.

The song celebrates the presence of God amidst his people.

Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name.

Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Sing a psalm to the Lord
for he has done glorious deeds;
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 12

For the Jews the Real Presence of God was symbolised in light and fire and cloud, in Ark and Temple.

For Christians the symbol of God present is the human person of Jesus, Son of God, born of Mary, Very God in human form.

Born as one of us, God as Jesus/in Jesus, is humanity perfectly united with divinity and divinity with humanity, with no mixing or diminution. (cf Catechism of the Catholic Church 464ff)

That Real Presence is now the glorified and risen Lord at the right hand of the Father. We await his coming again in glory, even as we honour the sacramental, Real, Presence of the same Lord enduring among us in word, in the seven Sacraments and in the worshipping assembly.

We wait but he is never far away.

  • How today will you honour his presence, and respond faithfully to it?

Image of the Ark of the Covenant. West London Synagogue. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.

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