Taste and See: Cherished and cherishing

Sacred Heart, Kensal GreenThe Responsorial psalm on Sunday, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, was a rejoicing in being chosen by God as his own.

 

Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
They are happy, whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen as his own.

Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.

Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.

Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

Psalm 32:1,12,18-20,22

Thanksgiving is at the heart of Christian worship. For everything begins with God, and everything that is of God is good and praiseworthy.

Challenges to our sense of being blessed by God are not few and far between. The psalmist mentions death and famine: we can doubtless think of many more.

And yet the psalmist also finds the way out of those challenges, of being raised above and beyond them, in the love of God – and in our hope, trust, faith in that love.

The psalmist is no fool. He knows that even the among the people the Lord has chosen as his own, the faithful too sometimes die in famine. But even in death theirs souls, they themselves are saved,, kept alive. In Christian revelation we understand this work of the Lord for us as being his raising us to share in the glory of Christ’s resurrection.

In this life, and beyond our experience here of this life, the Lord chooses us as his own.

  • When, how do you find you are best encouraged to give thanks to the Lord?
  • When, how, do you find it best to bring your challenges and concerns before the Lord?

Sacred Heart, Kensal Green cemetery. (c) 2008, Allen Morris.

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