Taste and See: Justice

moon-auribeau-sur-saigne

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgement.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth’s bounds.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

May his name be blessed for ever
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
all nations bless his name.

In his days justice shall flourish, and peace till the moon fails.

Psalm 71:1-2,7-8,12-13,17

The Responsorial Psalm has confidence in the endurance of the moon! This psalm, prayer, song, sung on Sunday the Second Sunday of Advent, comes from a culture whose very calendar was lunar, and not solar, which is the basis of our Western secular calendar. Our Church’s calendar retains a lunar, particularly with regard to the dating of Easter.

These days science has taught us that sun and moon have their limits. The time will come when they come to the end of their natural life. The ‘end’ and ‘reversal’ comes to kings and political regimes more quickly still.

Yet though Israel first sang this psalm to celebrate its earthly king, the Church sings it to celebrate the Christ, her king. In his divinity the Christ participated in the creation of sun and moon and all that is. In his divinity and in his humanity he reigns now and for ever, beyond the end of creation ‘as we know it’ now

In Advent we seek time to contemplate the eternal verities,so that we might be helped to live lives apt for eternity, redolent of the Kingdom.

  • What other images for endurance and  faithfulness inform your life?

Moon, Auribeau sur Saigne, France. (c) 2007, Allen Morris

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