O God, be gracious and bless us.
O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth
and all nations learn your saving help.
Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,
you guide the nations on earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him.
Sunday, tomorrow, is the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the Octave Day of Christmas.
The Psalm we sing at Mass has us ask God’s blessing for us and for all. And the sign of the blessing will be rejoicing.
There will for sure be rejoicing and partying tonight as we pass from 2016 to 2017. But for what will we rejoice? And what will be the inspiration that dfraws us forward into the New Year?
Graphic (c) 2016, Allen Morris