Speak Lord: who turns to us in love.

Refuge poster, AvignonOn Sunday, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, there are two alternatives for the responsorial psalm.

The first of them is the following:

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

This is my prayer to you,
my prayer for your favour.
In your great love, answer me, O God,
with your help that never fails:
Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
in your compassion, turn towards me.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

As for me in my poverty and pain
let your help, O God, lift me up.
I will praise God’s name with a song;
I will glorify him with thanksgiving.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

The poor when they see it will be glad
and God-seeking hearts will revive;
for the Lord listens to the needy
and does not spurn his servants in their chains.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

For God will bring help to Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah
and men shall dwell there in possession.
The sons of his servants shall inherit it;
those who love his name shall dwell there.

Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive

Psalm 68:14,17,30-31,33-34,36-37

The Psalm reminds that the Lord is good for us, changes us, restores and enlivens us.

This is good to know.

But in the psalm it is clear that this is not ‘just’ done for us. The poor are to see what the Lord does and seeing it are glad. The Lord listens to the needy and hearing responds. There is a reciprocity, a joining in action together – the Lord acts for the poor and needy; and those whom he helps, receive his love and and are fit not only to rejoice but love in their turn. A virtuous circle, a communion of living love.

Poster for Le Refuge, Avignon. (c) 2014, Allen Morris

 

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