Taste and See: why we praise

Piper LichfieldThe Responsorial Psalm on Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, put sounds of praise on our lips, and united our voices in common song of thanksgiving.

At least that was its intention.

So, think back. How was the psalm for you on Sunday? Indeed how was Sunday?

Read on, consider it again… Why might this be a song of praise for you and yours?

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Let the sons of Israel say:
‘His love has no end.’
Let the sons of Aaron say:
‘His love has no end.’
Let those who fear the Lord say:
‘His love has no end.’

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
we rejoice and are glad.

O Lord, grant us salvation;
O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
the Lord God is our light.

Psalm 117:2-4,22-27

Israel, Aaron’s sons, Jesus and the disciples had their reasons for singing and praising God.

  • What are yours, and those of your parish community? And others that you associate with, are united with?
  • If the reasons for singing and praising seem few and far between, what does that suggest to you?
  • How do you relate your situation to the Paschal Mystery? What gives you hope? What drains hope?
  • Bring your hopes, fears, joys to the Lord in prayer….

Image of Crucified and Risen Lord. John Piper. Hospital of St John Baptist without the Barrs, Lichfield. (c) 2016, Allen Morris

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