Speak Lord: Our praise

Creation 6 and 7

The Psalm at Mass tomorrow, the 21st Sunday in Ordinary time, is a delightfully short psalm. It is a model of concision and assurance, both in the call it makes to the people and in its own proclamation of God’s love.

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News.

O praise the Lord, all you nations,
acclaim him all you peoples!

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News.

Strong is his love for us;
he is faithful for ever.

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News.

Psalm 116:1-2

We are all too familiar with bad news and that bad news can often constrain and diminish us. It can depress us and can restrict our ability to be fully human,  respond with unconstructive anger, or to become despondent, cynical, and (seem to) fail to respond at all.

The way of Christ, though sometimes fueled by anger or shaped by sadness, is always to respond, and to respond with love. His way is to join in the work of the Father, in the work of creation and of healing.

  • What bad news do you face today?
  • In what negative and unhelpful ways are you tempted to respond to it?
  • How might you respond with love and healing?

Detail of representation of Days of Creation. Peterborough Cathedral. (c) 20 , Allen Morris

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