Speak Lord: Help us here to hear

meribahO that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Psalm 94:1-2,6-9

Christians are blessed, enriched, with the Word, God’s Son. And yet, like others, Christians are quite capable of deafness to the word – selective deafness sometimes, to some things we hear and do not like; complete deafness at other times, it seems!

The Psalm at Mass tomorrow, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, reminds us of the deafness of others who have gone before us; their readiness to listen to each others grumbles rather than trust in the Lord.

Its’ hope is that we will learn from their/our past mistakes. We are urged to return to that which keeps us safe, and it serves us by helping us once more to continue on our way: listening to and obeying the word of the Lord.

Stained glass of Moses and the waters of Meribah, Lincoln Cathedral. (c) 2011, Allen Morris.

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