Taste and See: faithful love

David, St Pater and St Paul, COrk

On Sunday, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, there were two alternatives for the responsorial psalm.

The first of them, which follows, has the psalmist praising God for his unfailing help, and bearing witness to others of God’s love and help.

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

 

What the psalmist does in his way, is what the Church is to do in her own way, and all her members.

And we do it first, are rehearsed in our responsibilities, in the Liturgy. The response to the psalm, the song of the whole assembly, has us call our ‘Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive.’

What a beautiful message to be entrusted with. What a joyful promise to offer to those who struggle.

  • Bring to the Lord in prayer your feelings about your call to evangelise

King David, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Cork. (c) 2010, Allen Morris.

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