Speak Lord: our hope

Tribute among scattered remains, Golders Green, CrematoriumThe Responsorial Psalm at Mass tomorrow, the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, acknowledges our mortality and the love that gives it purpose and meaning.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

You turn men back to dust
and say: ‘Go back, sons of men.’
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

You sweep men away like a dream,
like the grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

Psalm 89:3-6,12-14,17

We are but passing creatures, and yet in the glory of God we are invited to share in eternal life. Jesus proclaimed the nearness of the Kingdom, even now; and urges us to live as citizens of the Kingdom, even now. Even in our failures, the Lord comes to share with us his wisdom and help us up and help us on. He is our refuge, and we his beloved children.

  • How does knowledge of your mortality help you live well?
  • What fears does it hold for you?
  • In what way is the Lord’s love comfort for you?

Tribute among scattered cremated remains, Golders Green Crematorium. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

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